Behind her winning smile little Maizie Rae Fowell has a big heart and bags of determination.
Four-year-old Maizie, from Skegness, has been bravely battling Leukaemia since being diagnosed with the disease in August.
Due to start at The Richmond School last month, she is instead undergoing gruelling chemotherapy treatment.
Maizie captured people’s hearts after mum Billie entered her into a baby and children photo competition at Nicola’s Nursery World in Skegness.
Her photo was voted the winner in the competition held to raise cash for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Proud mum Billie told The Standard: “I am amazed by the support given to Maizie in winning the competition.
“The whole community has been wanting to help. She is coping really well, but has her good and bad days.”
She added: “Maizie’s a plucky little girl and knows she has got naughty blood. There are normal days when she goes the whole hog and wants to play.
“On bad days she shuts out the world and lies on the settee. Maizie has been given a wig, but prefers not to wear it and likes pretending to be a boy.”
Prizes won by Maizie, including a photo session and Silver Cross pushchair, will be donated to the raffle at a fundraising event organised by Billie next month.
Proceeds from the charity night at the Lumley Bar and Restaurant on November 15 will be donated to children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent.
The charity has provided a home from home accommodation for Maizie’s family at the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham where she is being treated.