A TEENAGER who has battled life-threatening bone cancer has won the heart of music mogul Simon Cowell.

The Britain's Got Talent judge was so taken by Molly Cuddihy after speaking to her about her fight with the extremely rare metastatic Ewing's sarcoma that he has pledged to support her upcoming charity ball.

The Greenock pupil - who recently received a special award at our sister publication, the Greenock Telegraph's Community Champions gala - was invited with her best friend to the recent live shows of the hit talent programme in London as a special VIP guest of Simon.

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(Molly and Sara at the Teenage Cancer Trust Concert in London. Picture courtesy of Greenock Telegraph)

Together the pair are organising the 'Every Thank You Counts' ball to give back to other children battling cancer.

They want to help build a special playroom in the Royal Hospital for Children.

All the staff who have helped them fight cancer including ward clerks, auxiliaries, nurses and doctors will be their special VIP guests at the charity ball.

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Molly, who recently sat her Highers, said: "Simon was just amazing.

"He is a lovely man.

"The Dream Catchers Foundation took us to the Manchester auditions in February and we met Simon.

"I was still recovering from my major operation and was in crutches and everything.

"Simon was so kind and he invited my best friend and I to the live shows."

The judge arranged for them to come down for the finals.

Molly said: "We went down to the live show in London on the Friday night and we were sitting in the same row as his wife and his little boy.

"When he met me again he was like 'look at you, you look so much better!'.

"He remembered us."

The BGT judge was so moved by their plans to organise the charity ball he offered to support it.

It has been a whirlwind few months for Molly since she underwent a major operation in January to remove the primary source of her cancer in her ribcage.

The sixteen-year-old was a VIP at the Teenage Cancer Trust concert in the Royal Albert Hall in London in March and spoke to the thousands of concert goers on the night.

She also met Take That, including lead singer Gary Barlow, as well as the trust's patron Roger Daltry the famous frontman of The Who.

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(Molly Cuddihy with Gary Barlow. Picture courtesy of Greenock Telegraph)

On top of that Molly also rang the ward bell marking the end of her gruelling chemotherapy treatment.

Molly, who has been supported throughout by her mum Maria, dad John and older brother Daragh, also contracted a deadly bacterial infection and battled sepsis three times.

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She has been left with serious side effects as a result of all the treatments and has nerve damage.

But Molly said: "I was so lucky that I had a consultant in Dr Jairam Sastry who never gives up."

Now together with her best friend Sara Millar, who is also 16 and battling Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, she is organising a glittering charity ball in the Hilton, sponsored by Insite Contractors.

The Every Thank You Counts charity ball hosted by Molly and Sara is in the Double Tree by Hilton in Glasgow on Saturday October 5.