Fresh hope for cancer kid

Pictured in Pallion's iceland store are, left to right, Taylor Cook, Lynzie Cook, Karen Brown with Leighton, store manager Rob Armstrong, Juanita Battista and Grant Cook
Pictured in Pallion's iceland store are, left to right, Taylor Cook, Lynzie Cook, Karen Brown with Leighton, store manager Rob Armstrong, Juanita Battista and Grant Cook
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LITTLE Leighton Cook is preparing to start pioneering treatment to rid him of his cancer.

After undergoing months of gruelling chemotherapy and radiotherapy Leighton, three, is gearing up to undergo immunotherapy treatment to treat the neuroblastoma he was diagnosed with last June.

His family are hopeful it will help him with the potentially deadly disease.

Mum Lynzie, 33, of Merryweather Rise, Tunstall Village, said: “Leighton has just finished his radiotherapy and is about to start another block of treatment, immunotherapy, which hasn’t been in the UK that long.

“It has been brought over from the U.S. and is known for increasing the survival rate and decreasing the relapse rate by 20 per cent.

“This is excellent because he was only given a 30 per cent chance of survival, so with this that’s an extra 20 per cent of extra hope.”

Yesterday, Leighton started a six-month spell of the treatment – a biological therapy that uses natural body substances or drugs that block them to treat cancer – at Newcastle’s RVI.

“It has definitely given us extra hope,” Lynzie said. “Leighton is fighting fit at the moment and is doing really well.

“He’s gone back to his toddler group and playing with his friends and we had a fantastic Christmas.

“He’s hopefully getting back on form and back to being the cheeky monkey he always was.”

Brothers Grant, 11, Keiron, seven, and Ethan, six, are all enjoying having their little brother back.

“They’re all over the moon because it means he can get out and play with them again whereas before he couldn’t even walk.

“It’s been fantastic having our little boy back.”

Leighton’s family have set up a fund to raise cash to send him to America for stem cell treatment if the treatment does not work.

If he makes a full recovery and does not need the treatment, the money will be split between Neuroblastoma Research and Newcastle RVI’s oncology ward.

Already more than £7,000 has been raised towards the £50,000 target.

Lynzie hopes to boost the fund further after her and pals spent last week selling raffle tickets in Iceland at Pallion Retail Park.

They will also be at Iceland today.

Tickets are £1 with the winners being drawn in store on Friday.