'Tiny Dancer' lives up to name after beating cancer
'Tiny Dancer' Lily-Mae Morrison will mark a significant milestone in her continued recovery from cancer when she takes to the stage this week in an international festival.
The courageous eight-year-old, who has faced a lengthy battle with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma, has been enjoying childhood once again after successfully completing a two-year clinical trial in Michigan in the US this year.
And the Galway girl, who this month is celebrating three years cancer-free, is now counting down the days to her first major stage performance when she stars in one of the lead roles in 'Alice Underground', a production by Youth Ballet West.
The rising starlet will play 'Little Alice' in two separate shows, which are both sold out, at the climax of the Baboro International Arts Festival for Children next Sunday.
She has been training hard under the expert eye of her proud mother Judith Sibley, the choreographer and artistic director of Galway-based Youth Ballet West.
And Judith, who's a former dancer, said her daughter's debut show will have an added poignancy, as the same production became a fundraiser for Lily-Mae when she was first diagnosed with the rare disease four years ago.
Judith said: "With childhood cancer, you can never know what the future holds. But as things stand at the moment, things couldn't be better with Lily-Mae. She got the nickname Tiny Dancer when she was ill and now she's finally able to live up to her nickname by doing what she loves best."