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Cancer girl, 3, pays own tribute

A three-year-old girl who has battled cancer since she was just 20 months old has paid her own tribute to Stephen Sutton.

Sienna Riley was one of those who posed for a picture posted online giving Stephen's trademark thumbs up sign as the young cancer campaigner was laid to rest in Lichfield today.

The youngest of four siblings, she was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, an aggressive form of cancer, when she was just 20 months old in November 2012 and then found to be suffering from rare cardiomyopathy heart disease.

Her aunt, Sarah Hancox, said this second diagnosis meant the little girl from Braintree, Essex, has been unable to have surgery to remove her tumour.

But the plucky youngster spent much of 2013 in Great Ormond Street Hospital in London having chemotherapy.

The family, including furniture-maker father Darren Riley and full-time mum Emma Riley, has raised almost £17,000 so far towards future treatment costs as the relapse rate for neuroblastoma is high.

Ms Hancox, 31, from Nottingham, said they posted the picture because they had been inspired by what Stephen had done to raise money and awareness

"What a fantastic legacy," she said.

"He was just an incredible human being, we couldn't believe anyone could be so selfless when the end is near."

Ms Hancox posted the picture, taken by Mrs Riley, from her @SarahHancoxUK account, writing: "#ThumbsUpForStephen from one warrior to another @_StephensStory sleep peacefully you have taught the world so much x."

Sienna's family are fundraising via


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