School joy of little Leighton

Four-year-old Leighton Cook from Tunstall Village, Sunderland, is enjoying his first days of school at New Silksworth Infants.
Four-year-old Leighton Cook from Tunstall Village, Sunderland, is enjoying his first days of school at New Silksworth Infants.
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LITTLE Leighton Cook has bounced back from his cancer battle and is enjoying his first few days at school.

The four-year-old, of Tunstall Village, was given just a 30 per cent chance of survival after being diagnosed with neoroblastoma last June, a cancer which forms in nerve tissue.

After successful chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment, the youngster is now in remission and is loving being able to attend classes at New Silksworth Primary School.

Mum Lynzie, 33, said: “He still gets tired so is only going for a couple of hours in the afternoon, but he is really enjoying it. He can’t wait to put his uniform on in the morning.

“Considering he has no classroom experience because he missed nursery due to his treatment, he is mixing well with all the other boys and girls.”

Although Leighton is getting his life back on track, his family are continuing to raise money for stem cell treatment in case he suffers a relapse.

It’s hoped that raising £50,000 will pay for Leighton’s stem cells to be harvested so they could be used in treatment should the cancer return.

The family’s fund-raising drive has won nationwide support.

Emmerdale star Danny Miller, who plays Aaron and Umar Kamarni, founder of Boohoo.com, have pledged to host a celebrity football match for Leighton which will take place in Manchester on October 9.

Closer to home, the Glendale Social Club in Houghton has held a fun day, arranged by Claire Johnson, which raised £835 for the cause.

The club is also hosting a Full Monty night on October 14.

Lynzie said: “The support we have had has been absolutely fantastic. Umar met Leighton at another charity football match and he said he melted his heart.

“Leighton has a strong chance of relapse so we want to give him as much chance of prolonging his life as possible.”

To buy tickets for the fund-raising events contact Lynzi on 07833 476152 or Karen Brown on 07598 123043.

You can follow Leighton on Twitter on @Leighton_Cook.

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