Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Why Brave Nathan Really Is a Star in Everyone's Eyes

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Why Brave Nathan Really Is a Star in Everyone's Eyes

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Byline: Dave Robson Senior Reporter

A BRAVE schoolboy has faced his cancer diagnosis in inspirational fashion - by volunteering for a trial to help other children.

Nathan Andrew, nine, of Acklam, Middlesbrough, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) last July.

But rather than feel sorry for himself, he agreed to join a nationwide trial to evaluate treatment into the condition - and when he's older, he wants to go into medical research to try and find a cure for cancer.

Now not only is he in remission, he's received Cancer Research UK's Kids & Teens Star Award, supported by TK Maxx, to recognise his courage and selflessness.

Nathan's mum Frances, who nominated him for the award, said: "When Nathan was diagnosed, he understood he had a life-threatening illness, but faced it with such an amazing attitude and bravery. It's his positivity that has kept the family going.

"Sadly he never got to meet either of his grandads because of cancer, so he's well aware of the condition and has even said how lucky he is to be diagnosed now compared to 40 years ago when he wouldn't have survived.

"We're so grateful for the treatment that is helping to save his life."

Nathan, who attends St Clare's RC Primary School, was diagnosed after Frances, concerned that he'd been ill for a few days and looked jaundiced, took him to their GP. She said: "I knew something wasn't right. We'd been to a family christening and he was still feeling poorly. He'd had some bruising on his legs that I thought had been from canoeing, but I started to piece everything together and knew there was something more going on."

After blood test results came through, Frances and dad Stephen were told to take him immediately to Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary. He started treatment the next day and remained in hospital for 12 days, having intensive treatment while the doctors decided on the best plan ahead. …

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