FOOTBALL-MAD Harvey Noble is fighting for his life.
The five-year-old is undergoing gruelling chemotherapy sessions after he was diagnosed with a rare cancer.
It has been a heartbreaking time for Harvey’s family who are still reeling from the shock of his illness.
The youngster was rushed to hospital after his mum Nichole noticed a large lump on his arm.
Nichole, 31, said: “There were no signs of him being poorly, so it came as such a terrible shock.
“I think when anybody gets told their son or daughter has cancer it’s terrible. It turns your whole life upside down and suddenly everything changes.
“You don’t know what to expect or what will happen, it’s on your mind all the time.”
Ultrasound examinations and biopsies revealed Harvey had rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare cancer of the tissue. The family was told he would have to undergo intensive chemotherapy and radiotherapy to kill the cancer.
Nichole, of Windermere Street, Grangetown, said: “You have good days and bad days. But you have to be positive and just get on with it.”
The Hill View Infant School pupil started the course of intensive chemotherapy in November.
The sessions have now been reduced and every third week he must endure three days of chemotherapy.
The football-mad youngster also has to undergo a four week course of daily radiotherapy treatments.
Nichole, who lives with partner Steven, 40, and Harvey’s brother Steven, 13, said: “He’s been so brave and although he’s been through so much, he just takes everything in his stride.
“He’s surprised everyone with how well he’s doing, nothing seems to bother him or faze him.
“You can see the pain in his legs but he puts up with it and never complains. He’s so brave.”
Despite Harvey’s cheeky smile, the cancer has taken its toll with the youngster now having difficulty walking long distances and must use a wheelchair.
And as well as the chemotherapy and radiotherapy, he has to take tablets daily.
But medics are confident the treatment will be a success and are hopeful that Harvey will be given the all clear and will have to return to hospital for check-ups every month for three years.
HARVEY’S family and friends are carrying out a series of fund-raisers in his name.
They are raising funds for Clic Sargent and the children’s cancer ward at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary.
Tomorrow (April 21), a sponsored walk will take place from the Bungalow Cafe, Roker, to South Shields.
Anyone wanting to take part can phone Karon on 07837 029 880.
City centre bar, Bar 1, will host an evening of musical entertainment on April 27. Tickets, £2, are available on the door.
On May 5, The Alexandra pub is holding a charity night. Tickets are £5 from Maureen on 07794 303 497.
Anyone wanting to donate prizes can also contact Maureen.