A YOUNG cancer victim - who lost one and a half kidneys to the deadly disease - is fighting her way to fitness after being given the all-clear by medics.
The growth of new hair marks the end of a heartbreaking year for the parents of little Sarah-Anne Lee.
Now the three-year-old can look forward to meeting her favourite character Mickey Mouse, thanks to the generosity of fundraisers who raised £10,000 to pay for a trip to Disneyland, Florida.
Sarah-Anne was diagnosed with cancer in both kidneys in December, 2003, after her parents Michelle and Craig Lee found a lump in her tummy.
But after surviving two operations to remove one kidney and part of another, bowel surgery and a gruelling year of chemotherapy, the youngster is now on the road to recovery.
Mum Michelle, 32, of Lee Terrace, Scholes, Holmfirth, can't believe her luck. She said: "It was a huge relief when we got the all-clear.
"I can't explain the emotions we went through when we heard she had Wilms tumours on both kidneys.
"But we promised to stay positive, especially in front of her because she picks up on things quickly and we didn't want her getting depressed.
"She has been very strong through it all but has really gone through hell.
"The doctors can't believe how well she has done because she has had it so rough.
"We feel really lucky."
Now with the cancer gone and the chemotherapy completed, Michelle and her husband Craig, 34, are doing all they can to protect her against infections.
Michelle said: "She has good days and bad days.
"She can eat and drink what she wants and doesn't need dialysis but it is borderline.
"The normal functioning rate for a kidney is 120 but people can survive on 80.
"Sarah's is 77 so they will have to keep a close eye on that. She's surviving on what she's got at the moment.
"We have to protect because her immunity is low, so we keep away from public places."
She said Sarah had put on about half a stone since finishing her treatment and was delighted when her hair started growing back a month ago.
"Slowly it's all coming back but it all takes time," she said. "She is starting to walk again but a short walk tires her out.
"Hopefully she will build back up eventually."
The family is now looking forward to taking Sarah-Anne to meet Mickey Mouse at Disneyland, Florida.
Michelle said: "It is amazing because we never asked anyone to raise money.
"It is so nice people are willing to be so generous at a time like this.
"It makes us feel really good that the world isn't as wicked as we thought.
"We have used some of the money for things we needed to buy.
"Now we have to wait about six months before we get the all clear to take her away.
"There has been a lot of support and it is so nice to know people are behind us."
The Boot and Shoe, Scholes, Huddersfield Fire Station, Rotherham Territorial Army, staff at St Luke's Hospital, Crosland Moor, and a number of clubs in the Huddersfield area were among the fundraisers.
Money not used by the family will be given to Candlelighters, a children's cancer charity.
Main picture by Paul Welch