Sunderland mum fights cancer has her brave son battles the killer condition

Lynzie Cook, mum of Child of Courage Leighton, has been diagnosed with skin cancer and will recieve further results next month.
Lynzie Cook, mum of Child of Courage Leighton, has been diagnosed with skin cancer and will recieve further results next month.
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A MUM nursing her little boy through his battle with cancer is today facing her own fight with the killer condition.

Lynzie Cook, 34, has been diagnosed with skin cancer after a mini-stroke.

The devastating news comes as Lynzie’s son, Leighton, recovers from a neuroblastoma which almost claimed his life.

It was in June last year when Leighton, now four, was diagnosed. After months of gruelling chemotherapy, he is now in remission.

The plucky youngster last month won a Child of Courage award at the Pride of Wearside ceremony.

But now Lynzie, of Tunstall, Sunderland, has been told she has basal-cell carcinoma, which is in urgent need of treatment.

Lynzie, wife to Dave, 54, and also mum to Taylor, 14, Grant, 13, Kieron, nine, Ethan, seven, said: “I woke up one night after we’d come back from a charity match for Leighton in Manchester and felt numb down my right side.

“My face was all twisted, too.

“After that I noticed a little white mark on my tongue which I thought was a coldsore.”

Despite being given the news though, it is most likely that Lynzie’s treatment will be swift.

She added: “The doctors have said they are quite confident that they’ve caught it early.

“It looks like I’ll have to have a couple of bouts of radiotherapy and hopefully that will be it. I’m supposed to get the results on January 19 so it’s just a case of waiting until then.

“I’ve seen Leighton go through similar things, although his has been a lot worse, so I can too.”

Despite the anxious wait the Cooks are now hoping to enjoy Christmas after 18 months of trauma over dealing with Leighton’s health.

“It’s still such a big thing for us to have Leighton here with us after what has happened,” added an emotional Lynzie.

“But he is looking a lot better now with his hair growing back.

“He still has night terrors though and he gets tired very quickly.”

Since he was first diagnosed with neuroblastoma the Cooks have been busy fund-raising for Leighton.

They set a £50,000 target which would be used for treatment abroad should he relapse.

If the cancer doesn’t return, the family say that the cash will go towards the Neuroblastoma Society and to help families who are suffering financially because they have a child with a long-term illness.

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