Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

16-Year-Old's Cancer Fight in TV Campaign; Leukaemia Procedure Filmed by Research Charity

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

16-Year-Old's Cancer Fight in TV Campaign; Leukaemia Procedure Filmed by Research Charity

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Byline: Katie Dickinson Reporter katie.dickinson@trinitymirror.com @KATIEJDICKINSON

A TALENTED teen footballer's battle with leukaemia is set to inspire millions.

Determined Dan Mattison's never-give-up attitude has seen him fight back after he went from being a healthy, fit schoolboy to undergoing bouts of chemotherapy.

Now the Cramlington 16-yearold's brave journey has been documented as part of a TV campaign by Cancer Research UK.

Dan was diagnosed with leukaemia at 14, just two weeks into the start of his GCSE studies at Cramlington Learning Village.

It meant the teenager missed virtually all of the school year.

Mum Angela, 46, said: "He had always been very sporty and a keen footballer, but at the start of Year 10 he couldn't keep up in matches. We realised something was really wrong when he collapsed with exhaustion after a run."

His parents took him to the GP, who sent him for blood tests, and got a call later that night to tell them to take him immediately to hospital as it looked like he had leukaemia.

Angela said: "We were so shocked.

We took him to hospital straight away, and at 2am the next morning the results confirmed that he had leukaemia and would need to start treatment straight away."

Dan, who had played football for Sunderland Academy, began a course of intensive chemotherapy, which caused a number of side effects and made him very poorly.

At one point he was hospitalised for 16 days, which meant the family were split up for Christmas with younger sister Evie, now 11, having to spend the holiday with grandparents.

My treatment end two before birthday, looking a big Dan Despite his health battle, Dan was able to take his GCSEs in June and surprised everyone by getting seven A*s and one A. Angela said: "He did incredibly well and we are so proud of his achievements. …

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