5 year old Harley Renshaw was diagnosed with a rare case of childhood cancer called neuroblastoma. It’s an aggressive type of cancer that needs intensive treatment. He gets his strength to fight cancer in his neck, lungs, bones and kidneys by wearing a Ninja Turtle mask he designed.
He also wear superhero outfits and his “beads of courage” to help him feel brave during procedures. He refers to the big scar across his belly as his “pirate scar”. Harley is now taking part in a Cancer Research UK funded clinical trial at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.
His mom Stacey, said: “When we received Harley’s diagnosis, we were in complete shock. Our world came crashing down and we were terrified. But not once did Harley complain about going for treatment. The hospital staff were amazed at how well he behaved during his radiotherapy and how he managed to keep so still.”
This brave little kid had to endure 80 days of chemotherapy, an operation to remove his kidney tumor and several intensive procedures. He fights cancer, bounced back from complications and never once complain about going to treatment.
Stacy said: “We couldn’t be prouder of our boy. He has had such a lot to deal with, but he just takes it all in his stride and gets on with it. He is a true inspiration and he is our superhero.”
He was awarded a Cancer Research UK Little Star Award which acknowledges the unique challenges faced by children with cancer.
Cancer Research UK, in partnership with TK Maxx, is calling on people to nominate more Little Stars. Nominations are open to children under 18-years who have cancer or who have been treated for the disease in the last five years.
(source and photos: manchestereveningnews.com.uk)