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Team Jasmine line up for race as Mildenhall youngster battles cancer

Jasmine Burrows with mum Amanda and older brother Jacob
Jasmine Burrows with mum Amanda and older brother Jacob

A team of runners will be lining up for a charity race in support of a schoolgirl who is bravely battling cancer.

Eight-year-old Jasmine Burrows had to undergo major surgery at the end of last year, when a cancerous tumour was found on her right kidney, which had to be removed.

Since then, the brave youngster has been undergoing intensive chemotherapy and as part of the investigations into her illness was also found to have Rubinstein–Taybi syndrome, a rare condition only seen in around 1 in 125,000 children.

Despite everything, Jasmine is still smiling and her proud mum Amanda, who is organising the run team to fund raise for Cancer Research UK, said she made her very proud.

“Jasmine is just a joy. She has been incredibly brave through all this and just keeps smiling which gives us all the inner strength you have to find when you are faced with situations like this.”

The family live in Melbourne Drive, in Mildenhall. Amanda has two older children, her married daughter Fiona, and son Jacob, who has deferred part of his university course placement to be at home to support his mum and Jasmine.

Amanda has organised Team Jasmine – 19 runners including staff from St Mary’s Primary Academy, in Mildenhall, where Jasmine is a pupil, and nursing staff who have been involved in her treatment.

The team will be lining up for the 5k Race for Life at Nowton Park in Bury St Edmunds on June 9.

“I wanted to raise money for Cancer UK as a way of saying thank you for all the phenomenal care Jasmine has received,” said Amanda. “Everyone has been so incredibly supportive in what has been a really tough time for all of us.”

To make a donatation to the team go to https://fundraiser.cancerresearchuk.org/team/team-Jasmine-1