An inspirational girl who was diagnosed with cancer of the kidneys when she was just 14-months-old is encouraging people to join her for a charity run to help more children.
Six-year-old Summer Kansiray, from Ogmore Vale, is recovering from a kidney transplant after being diagnosed with cancer in her kidneys. Having been supported by the Kidney Wales Foundation, Summer and her family are urging people to sign up to Cardiff 10K and the 2K fun run which she is taking part in.
Summer’s mother Joanne Kansiray could see and feel a lump on Summer’s torso when she was just 14-months-old but was told by doctors that she was fine. Joanne didn’t give up and travelled to the Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend where a doctor noticed the lump.
Summer was diagnosed with a Wilms’ tumour, a rare form of kidney cancer, in her left kidney. She endured six months of treatment at Cardiff’s University Hospital of Wales before having the organ removed. Summer relapsed and the cancer returned in her right kidney six weeks later, which also had to be taken out.
Before she could have a transplant for the second kidney, Summer spent two and a half years without kidneys on a dialysis machine at home for between 12 and 14 hours every night, and was only allowed to drink 240ml of water every 24 hours.
After receiving a new kidney in 2012, Summer’s body has been trying to reject the kidney transplant and after receiving treatment in hospital she is now at home and on medication to stop the rejection going any further.
Joanne said: “Finding out that Summer had cancer of the kidney was a huge shock. In the past we have been faced with the possibility that she may not pull through and I cannot express how hard that was to deal with.
“My daughter has proved how unbelievably strong a little girl she is and I am very proud of her. The best thing I can do is raise awareness to thank Kidney Wales for all their support and encourage everyone, who hasn’t already, to sign up to the Cardiff 10k.”
This year’s race will take place on Sunday, September 7, with the Cardiff 10k starting at 10am and the 2K family run at 9.15am.
Despite Summer’s problems, she aims to take part in the 2k fun run for the third year in a row. This year, her aunt Nikki will walk the distance with Summer and then take part in the full 10K race straight after they cross the finish line.
Kidney Wales chief executive Roy Thomas said: “Everyone at Kidney Wales has grown to love Summer and her effervescent personality. She is a friend and a joy to be around. The Kansirays are going through a difficult experience together but our aim at Kidney Wales is to make the process is that bit easier for both the patient and their loved ones. We will continue to stand with the Kansiray family to help them in the years to come.”