The parents of a three-year-old girl found that she had cancer after a cute photograph of her falling asleep in a swing turned out to be a symptom of the deadly disease.
Dad Dave Fletcher, 39, thought He had a tender childhood moment when he imagined daughter Izzy taking a nap at the age of 23 months in a playground.
Just a few weeks later, Fletcher and wife Vicky, 37, were devastated by the tiredness of their toddler daughter. It turned out to be a sign of leukemia.
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The struggling youngster has since undergone 570 doses of hard chemo Now he received maintenance treatment to prevent the cancer from returning.
Fletcher said he initially did not think so when he nodded to Izzy on the swing in a park near her home in Claines, Worcester.
He is now warning other parents of alertness and ok for the tell-tale signs of the disease.
"It was just an afternoon to go to the swings and she swung away – I turned and she was broken off," said Auditor Fletcher. "She was sleepy and fell asleep, but I did not think much about it. I thought it was a sweet moment and just took a picture of her as you do. "
" Only later did we realize that everything was part of the symptoms and what I had captured was the sign of something more sinister, "he said. She had been tired, had some colds or viruses and a lot of bruises on her legs. But we attributed it all to normal childbearing and minor illnesses. "
" You get a bit sentimental when you look at pictures of her before she gets sick – you just know how much she has been through so young, "he said.
The couple first brought Izzy After a strange rash on her leg in January of last year
they were advised to return to blood tests a few days later, if the rash had not disappeared to bring them directly to the hospital when things got worse
The next morning, however, Izzy's rash had spread and then a temperature developed and her parents took her to the Worcester Royal Hospital.
She was diagnosed with leukemia The same day chemotherapy began in the the following week.
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Izzy spent her second birthday at Birmingham Children's Hospital, waiting for a procedure to try their bone marrow.  As part of her care, Izzy was enrolled in a clinical trial called UKALL 2011 and will be on treatment by May next year.
This study seeks to find out if a change in standard chemotherapy reduces the side effects and their effect reduces disease from returning back.
"She grew up very quickly and was subjected to the medicine she does not like, but she took everything in her stride," said Fletcher.
"When she was diagnosed, she came out of the blue, and we both were in real shock when things went so fast," he said. "It was a big unknown, one family member died of leukemia five years ago So it was a scary time, we did not know what would happen or what the future would bring. "
"But we were lucky that Izzy was quickly diagnosed and lucky that she mastered the treatment very well and had few setbacks or unplanned hospitalizations," he said. "The kind of leukemia she has a better chance of recovery than others, she's young and helps those adversities."
"That makes us more optimistic, she does not have to have so many steroids because she's in a lawsuit "It's a treatment plan they use in other countries, and we're grateful to have the opportunity to do so, as it shows the importance of research for groundbreaking new treatments – the NHS doctors and nurses Brilliant, and we were supported by family and friends. "
Brave Izzy has now received the Cancer Research UK Kids & Teens Star Award in recognition of what she has been through. 19659005] "Izzy was so excited to receive her award and it was a nice positive experience that rewarded her for having to deal with her treatment," said archivist Vicky Fletcher.
Jane Redman, spokeswoman for Cancer Research UK Kids & Teens in Worcestershire said: "Cancer can have devastating effects on their lives and many survivors can have serious long-term side effects from their treatment. Our mission is to fund research to find new, better and cheaper therapies for young cancer patients. "
" We want to move forward the day every kid and teenager survives cancer with a good quality of life.
Click here to nominate a child for the Cancer Research Kids & Teens Star Award.