On July 7th of this year, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge received an especially warm greeting from 6-year-old Diamond Marshall on the runway at Calgary International Airport. Marshall had written a touching note to Her Royal Highness, which was submitted to the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada by her dad, Lyall. An excerpt from Marshall’s letter reads:
Dear Princess Kate. My name is Diamond Ann. I am six. I was named after Princess Diana. My Mommy Memory is in heaven with her. I have cancer. I spend a lot of time at the hospital. I watched you get married from my bed there. You looked pretty. I like playing Princess dress up. My favourite princess is Aurora. Who is yours. I would really like to meet you. Do you wait [sic] to meet me too?
Today, the Ottawa Citizen reported that Marshall, who is battling undifferentiated sarcoma, is cancer-free. During surgery on Monday, December 19th, doctors removed tumors from Marshall’s lungs and then declared the little whipper-snapper to be cancer-free. Marshall has one more round of chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant scheduled for January, so she isn’t completely in the clear. Still, dad Lyall is cautiously optimistic about the news.
“We will make the best out of it whether it’s home, the hospital or Hawaii, we are just trying to be all together at once and will celebrate with other families that are here,” Lyall told the paper. Diamond is expected to be home by New Year’s Day.
William and Catherine sent their well wishes to Diamond, who lights up every time someone speaks about that day. “We are happy to see her smile,” Lyall said. “She’s got a lot of things hooked up into her tubes all over the place at the moment, so to see that smile come through all that, it’s remarkable.”
Great news for Diamond and her family! Congratulations on a clean bill of health, and we’ll continue to cheer her on to a full recovery.