A five-year-old with a rare form of blood cancer who starred in the Duchess of Cambridge’s Hold Still photography project has urged Prince Louis to join her fundraising campaign.
Mila Sneddon, from Falkirk, was caught kissing her father through a window during last year’s lockdown in a viral photo entitled Shielding Mila, which appeared in Kate’s book last year.
In May this year, Mia and her mother Lynda were welcomed by the royal, 39, for tea at Holyroodhouse, with Kate keeping her promise to the youngster that she would wear a pink dress if they met in person.
Mila appeared in Lorraine today and said she would be thrilled if Prince Louis, three, would join her September Scoot campaign, urging children to share pictures of themselves on their scooters to raise awareness for Blood Cancer UK enlarge.
Mila Sneddon, of Falkirk, who was featured in the Duchess of Cambridge’s Hold Still photography project, was welcomed by the 39-year-old royal for tea at Holyroodhouse on her and Prince William’s last day of their week-long visit to Scotland
Mila appeared in Lorraine today and said she would be thrilled if Prince Louis joined her September Scoot campaign, urging children to share photos of themselves riding their scooters to raise awareness for Blood Cancer UK. enlarge
Her mother Lynda said they had come up with the idea a few months ago to “get everyone on their feet.”
“Kids undergoing chemo may struggle with mobility issues and we felt that physical therapy exercises are excellent, but it was really helpful to track down Mila,” she explains.
Host Lorraine Kelly asked Mila, ‘Do we want Kate to let her kids get on their scooters? Louis might be your age, so if he could get out and about that would be great.”
The little girl joked, “Hopefully he’ll get on the scooter or else Scoot will be ruined for September!”
Mila was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in November 2019 when she was four, and Lynda said she should go back to school next week after intensive chemotherapy.
Mila was caught kissing her dad through a window during the lockdown last year in a viral photo entitled Shielding Mila, which was featured in Kate’s Hold Still photography book last year.
Mother Lynda said children undergoing chemo may struggle with mobility issues and that while “physiotherapy exercises are excellent, getting along has been really beneficial for Mila.”
“We are incredibly grateful and happy, we have a supportive family and I appreciate that not everyone is in that situation,” she said.
Lockdown has had its challenges. When things open up again, it can make you anxious. She’s been in the hospital for a while, but she’s home now and hopefully back at school by the end of this week.’
Her mother said Mila will hopefully have another seven months of chemotherapy and that she hopes the campaign will raise awareness among parents about the symptoms of blood cancer.
“For weeks I thought Mila was anemic. We were very lucky to get a quick diagnosis, unfortunately for many people this is not the case,” she said.
Mila was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in November 2019 when she was just four and Lynda says the little girl should go back to school next week after intensive chemotherapy
The mother says Mila will hopefully have another seven months of chemotherapy and that she hopes the campaign will make parents aware of the symptoms of blood cancer
“I think we are in a time when children are not going to school because of the lockdown, they are losing the eyes of the teaching staff. It was really just to emphasize to parents what signs and symptoms to look out for in blood cancer.’
When the pandemic hit, parents Lynda and Scott decided to isolate separately to minimize the risk to their daughter. Lynda stayed with Mila while service technician Scott and Mila’s sister Jodi (16) went to Lynda’s parents.
The photo of Mila kissing her father through the window was taken on the first day of their divorce. It went viral after Lynda shared it online with a post about the importance of following social distancing measures and other restrictions.
Kate, mother of three, called Mila and Lynda last fall and the conversation was previously published on the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s YouTube channel, along with heartwarming photos of Mila and her family.
Kate wore a floral face mask to match her pink dress and chatted with Mila and her parents at the palace
Mia also wore a dainty pink dress to match the Duchess, which she paired with sweet ballet shoes and white ruffled socks.
The little girl started the conversation by saying, “Good morning, Your Royal Highness,” to which Kate replied, “Good morning. God damn you are so polite Mila.’
Mila excitedly told Kate that she enjoys walking her dog, knows the names of all the Cambridge kids and loves the color pink – leading Kate to promise she’ll wear a pink dress if they get the chance to. to meet each other.
Today on the ITV show, the five-year-old excited to host Lorraine remarked that the Duchess kept her promise when they finally met in person in May, with the royal wearing ME+EM’s pink silk shirt dress.
“We made the decision to isolate separately before the lockdown because we were very aware of what was happening at the time, especially in Europe and in the UK,” Lynda told the Duchess.
“But our lockdown came with a bit of a silver lining as she is still being treated and her immune system is compromised. Lockdown for us gave us a period to focus on her treatment without interruption from diseases and viruses in general, not just Covid-19.”
Viewers took to Twitter today to praise the little girl, claiming her appearance “changed my morning”
When asked why she had to take time away from her father, Mila told Kate: ‘He had to take care of me because I was going for treatment… When he came [back] inside the house, I was so surprised.’
Viewers rushed to Twitter today to praise the little girl, claiming her look had become ‘mine’ morning around.
“This little girl Mila Sneddon is giving me all the vibes this morning,” said another viewer.
A third viewer commented, “Awww.. really, pure luck.”