Brave teenager meets the Queen

Megan Kershaw, 14, of Misson, recently met The Queen after being awarded the Scouts Medal of Meritorious Conduct, for her dedication to the Scouts despite suffering cancer. She is pictured with her proud mum Deborah. Picture: Liz Mockler D2150LM

Megan Kershaw, 14, of Misson, recently met The Queen after being awarded the Scouts Medal of Meritorious Conduct, for her dedication to the Scouts despite suffering cancer. She is pictured with her proud mum Deborah. Picture: Liz Mockler D2150LM

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AN amazing teenager recognised for her bravery in battling a rare form of cancer has met the Queen.

Defying doctors’ predictions Megan Kershaw, 14, continues to battle a tumour which led to her spine collapsing.

The Free Press exclusively revealed how doctors were left stunned when the spine of the Misson teenager managed to heal itself back in February.

During her treatment at Sheffield Children’s Hospital, Megan joined the hospital’s First Scout Group at the age of ten, and following her bravery in battling the rare liver cancer, she has just received the Scouts Medal of Meritorious Conduct award.

The South Axholme School pupil was then invited to Windsor Castle to attend the Queen’s Scout Parade where she was greeted by the Queen who was amazed by Megan’s incredible story.

“We went to the Masonic Hall in Sheffield to collect Megan’s award which was unbelievable. But then she was invited to the Queen’s parade which was completely out of the blue. Megan was so excited, I had to read the email about three times because it was unbelievable,” said proud mum Deborah.

“Megan was on the front row and the Queen stopped and spoke to her. She asked Megan what she had to do to win the award and if she had continued to be a scout throughout her illness.

“Megan was just excited about everything and really relaxed, she wasn’t really nervous.

“The Duke of Edinburgh (Prince Philip) also spoke to her asking who she had come with and when Megan pointed me out he said hello to me.

“The whole thing was really surreal. It was incredible.”

Megan was nominated for the award by scout leader Kay Thompson and was just one of seven people in the country to receive the honour.

“Megan could not have done any of this without Kay and her other scout leader Mark Thompson and the group, they were marvellous throughout,” added 48-year-old Deborah.

Simon Carter, assistant director for the Scout Association, added: “Megan should be rightly proud of her positive inspirational attitude to life.”