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A 10-year-old This Morning guest has died after an ongoing battle with cancer.
This Morning viewers will remember Sophie Fairall's appearance on the programme, which came as she visited the ITV studios and fulfilled a dream that had been on her bucket list.
In July, Sophie’s parents spoke to Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes on the show, explaining that their young daughter had been diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare cancer that develops in children, and had just six months left to live.
The family decided against pursuing further treatment after a 12-inch tumour was removed earlier in the year.
Sophie’s mother told the hosts: "We know what the consequences are of stopping treatment, I think for us, quality of life was definitely more important. "
Sophie herself made a “bucket list” of experiences she wanted to have, including a visit to the This Morning studio.
Her time on the show lead to her cooking with Gordon Ramsay and messages from Ant and Dec, along with a number of other famous faces.
In a Facebook post, Sophie's mother Charlotte thanked fans for their support as she confirmed the sad news of Sophie’s passing, reports WalesOnline.
Calling her daughter the “most beautiful, funny, caring, strongest girl ever”, she wrote: "Who would've thought a 10-year-old could have such a huge impact on so many people.
"It feels so surreal and although I knew she was dying I still can't believe she's gone," she continued. "Sophie had so much more to give and it shouldn't have been this way.
"She was the most beautiful, funny, caring, strongest girl ever. She would light up a room wherever she went."
A JustGiving fundraiser set up in Sophie’s name has raised over £55,000 so far for Alice’s Arc, who fund research into childhood cancer.
The Just Giving page stressed the importance of the topic as it reads: “Since Sophie was diagnosed with cancer we've learnt the shocking statistics that only 4-5% of funds go to children's cancer.
“The 6 different chemo drugs that Sophie received were created in the 60's and no research or medical changes have happened for rhabdomyosarcoma," it continues.
“If children with rhabdomyosarcoma relapse only 1 in 5 children will survive. This statistic is shocking.
“Alice's Arc was set up to improve research and funding into rhabdomyosarcoma. Their aim is to find kinder treatments for children with better outcomes.“
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