Sayuri’s update

Sayuri was diagnosed with anaplastic ependymoma, a very rare and aggressive brain tumour, when she was just 16 months old. Now seven, Sayuri has endured more operations and general anaesthesia than most people experience in a lifetime.

Being in a hospital for an operation and recovery is isolating as well as emotionally and physically challenging for adults, so you can imagine how it feels for a little girl. To help her get through these tough times, Sayuri takes a selection of her soft toys to hospital admissions and treatment appointments.

Sayuri has thankfully not had to undergo a major operation for over 16 months, and there’s been no tumour growth since then. But because there remains a risk of further relapse, this brave little girl undergoes an MRI scan under general anaesthesia every three or four months.

With a little support, she attends her local school, where she enjoys learning and seeing her friends. But the activity takes its toll on her energy, so when she’s home, she likes to relax by playing on her computer games and cuddling her teddies, including the special one made possible by supporters like you.

Little Girl With Teddy Bear
Sayuri With Teddy


Sayuri was so delighted to receive her warmable teddy. She loves cuddling her soft toys and never goes to hospital without them.

Audrey With Teddy


Still undergoing chemotherapy, with all the expected side effects. Her warmable teddy bear brings much-needed comfort when she’s feeling a bit down or tired.

Esme With Teddy Bear


Esmé was delighted to receive her soft, cuddly bear. It arrived on her birthday, which falls just before Christmas, making it an extra-special present.

Young Boy With Cancer


Omarni is doing really well and has had his Hickman line removed. It’s now almost a year since his transplant and the future is looking so much more positive.