Brave Heart honour for youngster Izzy

Brave Heart award winner Izzy Rennie.
Brave Heart award winner Izzy Rennie.

An ‘incredibly positive little girl’ living with a brain tumour has received a prestigious award at a special ceremony in Newcastle.

As reported in the Gazette, Izzy Rennie, from Lesbury, was diagnosed with a rare low-grade glioma – a slow-growing tumour of which there are about 300 cases a year in the UK – four years ago and has been undergoing treatment ever since.

And last Thursday, the youngster, who turns six later this month, received a Brave Hearts Award, after being nominated for her bravery by Clic Sargent.

Izzy, accompanied by mum Katie and older sister Lauren, was transported down to St James’ Park by limo before she was presented with the award by the BBC’s Carol Malia.

Lauren, 10, referred to as Izzy’s biggest fan and supporter, escorted her little sister up when she collected the award.

As part of the award, Izzy also won a gift and chose a summerhouse for the garden.

Katie said that she had tears in her eyes when her daughter received the award.

“It’s very hard because you don’t want her to have to be there,” she said.

“But she has a tough time a lot of the time, so it’s something that was really special. It was a lovely honour.

“It was a lovely day and they sorted it so beautifully. There was about 25 children there, each of them so deserving.”

Izzy recently started a new course of chemotherapy – she had her fifth session last Friday – but Katie and husband Scott, who works at RAF Boulmer, are still in the dark as to how it is going. She is due to have a scan later this month.

“She’s tolerated it reasonably well,” Katie said. “In herself, she’s quite good.”

And the long-term effects are unknown too as the treatment is so new that no children have undergone the chemo long enough to gauge the impact.

But fortunately, Izzy has things to look forward to.

On Saturday,November 30, Izzy celebrates her sixth birthday; she is already getting very excited and is counting the sleeps.

And in December, the family, rounded out by two-year-old Hannah, are heading across the Channel.

Through the Make-a-Wish Foundation, the Rennies are going to Disneyland Paris for four days in December.

Katie said: “It’s nice for Izzy to have things to look forward to, because we expect a lot from her.

“She’s an incredibly positive little girl though.”