A brave schoolboy who kicked cancer into touch is defying the odds – and now wants to help other children living with the disease.
Six-year-old Charlie Mordey, from Westoe Crown Village, South Shields, underwent major surgery in 2011 after his mum Angela spotted a lump the size of a golf ball on the back of his leg.
A tumour was revealed, and within days of the diagnosis of a rare soft tissue cancer, the avid Newcastle United fan began six courses of intense chemotherapy.
An operation followed, which saw him lose most of his leg muscle, and more chemotherapy and radiation therapy was needed before Charlie was able to beat the cancer.
Despite being told he would not be able to walk unaided or run because of the severity of the operation, he is proving everyone wrong after moving into Year 2 at Westoe Crown Primary School, in Sea Winnings Way, South Shields.
Charlie is now supporting Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, a new campaign which is running the month and aims to fund research into cures and kinder treatments for children’s cancers.
Mum Angela said: “We’ve seen first hand just how important new breakthroughs and discoveries are to help more people like Charlie survive.
“He’s been in remission for four years now and continues to show amazing will power.
“He’s even showing his granddad, who is undergoing treatment for leukaemia, how it’s done. He’s a remarkable boy!
“We’re so grateful for the treatment that saved his life, but know treatments need to be much kinder.
“Chemotherapy made him so ill at one point we nearly lost him. Without Cancer Research UK’s life-saving work we might not still have Charlie.”
Charlie is proving an inspiration to his family, including mum Angela, dad Chris, brother Ryan, seven, and sister Amber, 18.
Angela added: “Charlie is so strong. Despite the odds against him, he can make run his way around a football pitch just like his older brother.
“We have difficulty buying school shoes as one leg is longer than the other and at swimming kicking off the wall can be a struggle, but he doesn’t let anything hold him back.
“Although his treatment is in the past, he continues to have an annual scan to make sure he is still clear of cancer, and we know he’ll need a major operation on his leg when he’s a teenager.”
Charlie and his family are asking people to help beat children’s cancer sooner by clearing out their cupboards and dropping off any unwanted clothing, accessories and quality homeware in the permanent bins provided in TK Maxx stores across the region.
It is part of Give Up Clothes for Good, a partnership between TK Maxx and Cancer Research UK Kids & Teens to help other children battling the disease.
When resold in Cancer Research UK shops, each bag could be worth about £30 to the charity and help fund research.
Like the brave schoolboy, around 65 children in the North East are diagnosed with cancer every year.
For more information on how to support Give Up Clothes for Good and Cancer Research UK Kids & Teens please visit tkmaxx.com or cruk.org/kidsandteens