Dancers raise hundreds for brave Connor

Young dancers from the Alan Donaldson Dance School are taking part in a sponsored dance for Connor Cassid
Young dancers from the Alan Donaldson Dance School are taking part in a sponsored dance for Connor Cassid
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YOUNG dancers have been raising money for a little boy battling cancer.

Students at a Sunderland dance school took to the floor in aid of schoolboy Connor Cassidy, who is terminally ill.

The youngsters, from Alan Donaldson Dance School in Town End Farm, took turns to strut their stuff for two hours in a charity dance performance.

Their energetic freestyle routines raised more than £600 for Connor, who has been undergoing chemotherapy at Newcastle’s RVI hospital.

The Barnes youngster, who was guest of honour at the event, has also had to go to London for specialist radiation therapy in a bid to prolong his life.

Mum Noella Nicholas, whose daughter Kate, 10, was one of the dancers, said: “It went really well. Connor came down and sat through the whole thing.”

Connor was handed a Child of Courage gong at the recent Pride of Wearside awards

He was initially diagnosed with a neuroblastoma tumour in 2008 and underwent chemotherapy, radiotherapy and a seven-hour operation.

At first, hopes were high that he had beaten the cancer.But tests showed the original tumour in his chest has grown, and that the disease has spread throughout his body.

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