Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Toddler Joins Beefy on Charity Walk

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Toddler Joins Beefy on Charity Walk

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Byline: Rob Phillips

ATODDLER who has leukaemia will join cricketing legend Sir Ian Botham in his walk to help fight the life-threatening illness.

Nathan Shorey may have been diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) in May 2010, but he has not let it hold him back and he is determined to help others with his condition.

The youngster, who will celebrate his fourth birthday tomorrow, is half way through his treatment and will take part in Beefy's Great British Walk next month.

He will meet Sir Ian at the Gibside estate in Gateshead where families from across the region can join the four-mile walk to raise vital funds for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.

Nathan's mother Melanie, 34, said: "It's very exciting that we are taking part in the event and will get to meet Sir Ian Botham. Hopefully Nathan will be able to finish the walk as he tends to get tired due to his treatment."

She added: "It's important to get involved in Beefy's Walk to raise awareness and as much money as possible to help beat blood cancers.

"The charity Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research means so much to me. If it wasn't for the funding they put into research, my son might not be here today. "Too many children are still dying from leukaemia which means there is still work to do."

Nathan was just two years old when he was diagnosed with the illness. He will not finish his chemotherapy treatment until July next year.

He was taken to Wansbeck General Hospital after his mother noticed a rash on his thighs and arms. He had a blood test and stayed overnight before being transferred to North Tyneside General Hospital where he was diagnosed with ALL.

For the first six months after his diagnosis, the Ellington First School nursery pupil was in hospital for most of the time.

However, he is now doing well and has his maintenance chemotherapy at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary. Although the toddler is responding well to treatment, there is a possibility his condition could deteriorate in the future and his main chance of survival would be a stem cell transplant. …

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