Girl, 8, battles cancer for second time

Kennedy Holdsworth with dad Paul in 2007 just after treatment
Kennedy Holdsworth with dad Paul in 2007 just after treatment

An eight-year-old girl is battling cancer for a second time.

Kennedy Holdsworth was first diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia when she was two-years-old but went into remission after eight months of treatment.

Now she is having treatment for non hodgkins lymphoma T-cell and the Ovenden youngster still faces two years of treatment.

But according to her dad Paul she has shown great bravery.

“She is the most brave and amazing girl you have met in your life,” he said. “She is doing what she needs to do. It is just incredible baring in mind what she has been through.

“She is a little trooper. Her chemotherapy is so intense she didn’t speak for three days whereas normally she doesn’t shut up,” he laughed.

“But who ever knows Kennedy will know that she is not going to give up and will fight this. I just wanted people to know how amazing she was.”

Kennedy spent eight months in and out of St James’s Hospital in Leeds receiving treatment for acute myeloid leukaemia. She went five years until they found a lump on her head which seem to appear overnight. The lump was removed with emergency surgery. A year later she was given the all clear.

But within a matter of months Kennedy was back in hospital and has already received six months of treatment.

Kennedy attends Moorside Community Primary School where they held a dress down day in her honour. “The school has been amazing and although I haven’t been able to see them they keep in touch. I can’t thank them enough for what they are doing.”