Cancer survivor, 11, back on track

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An 11-year-old boy and his mum are calling on Network Rail staff to help them raise £1 million for CLIC Sargent – the charity which supported him when he had Leukaemia.

Bradley Hudson-Maret, of Bletchley, was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia in 2006 when he was just three. He underwent months of chemotherapy at John Radcliffe Hospital only to relapse soon afterwards.

The cancer spread and Bradley was forced to have surgery to relieve fluid from his brain and then later had a bone marrow transplant at Bristol Children’s Hospital.

Now staff at Network Rail are due to vote for their charity of the year and CLIC Sargent is among those in the running.

Bradley’s mum Anita was full of praise for the charity, and her CLIC Sargent social worker, Gemma.

She said: “She was there whenever I needed her. She helped me fill out the Disability Living Allowance forms, which were 40 pages long and I didn’t have the energy to do.

“Any information I needed she would find it out for me. She helped keep me calm, kept me updated about what was going on with the bone marrow transplant, and introduced me to other families whose children had one.”

CLIC Sargent Social Work Team Leader Karen Ruck, who is based at the John Radcliffe Hospital, said: “At the moment, we can only support two out of three young cancer patients that need help.

“The support of Network Rail would really help us reach many more families just like Anita’s.”

Voting closes January 31.