A YOUNG boy’s amazing recovery from cancer is being used to inspire others through a children’s charity.
Five-year-old Braiden Prescott has been selected to feature in NCCA UK (Neuroblastoma Children’s Cancer Alliance)’s leaflets and promotional work.
The Ince youngster was struck down with neuroblastoma in 2012 and after failed proton beam therapy in America, it seemed all hopes were fading for they youngster. But he bounced back and was declared cancer-free in the summer of 2013.
He still attends Manchester Royal Children’s Hospital for check-ups, but is back to normal health, with only asthma to contend with.
Throughout his treatment, Braiden has inspired many, and his parents, Wayne and Stef, have never given up hope.
Stef said: “It has been three years since Braiden had his tumour removed. Thinking back, it was a very anxious day for us and surgery was so risky for him we didn’t know wether he would be okay but our little trooper carried on. Braiden was sitting up a few hours after surgery and walking about the next day. Memories are still raw.
“But Braiden is doing great and enjoying himself now he’s not at school for six weeks. And he is really proud to be the face on the new NCCA UK leaflet.”
The Prescott family now dedicate a large amount of time fund-raising for NCCA UK.
Stef added: “Last weekend we headed to London to attend a charity fun day by NCCA, which has supported Braiden throughout his treatment.
“Braiden and his brother Tyler did a 1k walk in superhero suits to raise awareness of neuroblastoma,
“We also attended another fun day for ward 84 at Manchester Children’s Hospital, for all oncology patients past and present to enjoy themselves, We couldn’t attend last year but enjoyed it this year.”
A spokesman for NCCA UK said: “This photograph is often used in our publication - he is a really photogenic child whose story is positive and inspiring.
“However neither he nor his family has any official role other than being a much valued member of the wider NCCA UK community, along with the other children and parents that we support.
“We may well use Braiden Lee’s photo again, with his family’s permission, in the future on publications that we produce.
“His story is extremely hope-giving.”
For more information on NCCA UK visit www.ncca-uk.org