Brave youngster flying out to America to begin rare treatment

A fundraising football match was held before Daniel Mason, front, heads to America for vital treatment.
A fundraising football match was held before Daniel Mason, front, heads to America for vital treatment.
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A brave schoolboy battling cancer is set to begin a course of vital treatment in the USA aimed at saving his eyesight.

Daniel Mason, 11, from Washington, was first diagnosed with a brain tumour two years ago.

Dan and his family are flying out to America.

Dan and his family are flying out to America.

He courageously underwent a course of chemotherapy, but as the tumour was on his optic nerve, they were unable to safely remove it.

The George Washington Primary School pupil and his family recently discovered that the tumour had grown slightly, and he now requires proton beam therapy to save the sight in his right eye.

The therapy is unavailable in the UK, so Daniel, mum Nina Jonas, dad Steve Mason and sister Anna, 16, are travelling to Jacksonville, Florida, ahead of a 10-week course of treatment.

Nina, of Coverdale Avenue, Washington, said: “He had no growth on his tumour for nearly a year, and then the last MRI showed it had grown a little bit.

We’re so proud of the way Daniel has coped with it all

Nina Jonas

“It’s sitting on his optic nerve, so it’s the trickiest place for them and they can’t remove it.

“The tumour itself isn’t so bad, but this treatment is about saving his sight.

“We’re so proud of the way Daniel has coped with it all.

“He has kept us all going with his brilliant attitude.”

Football is a huge part of Daniel's life.

Football is a huge part of Daniel's life.

The treatment is funded by the NHS, as are travel and accomodation for Daniel and his parents.

A fundraising football match – in which Washington Juniors player Daniel played and scored a goal – took place in Washington today to raise funds to help the family with other costs, including travel and accommodation for Daniel’s sister Anna.

The game was between a ladies team calling themselves ‘Dan’s Angels’ and Washington Juniors Men’s Over-40s team, with Premier League referee Martin Atkinson on hand to officiate.

Nina added: “Football is a massive part of Daniel’s life so this was a great way for people to come together for him.

Daniel is held aloft after scoring a goal in the match.

Daniel is held aloft after scoring a goal in the match.

“As long as he has a football there, he’s entertained.

“He even managed to continue playing football during his chemotherapy.

“Although the treatment is funded by the NHS, the funds which have been raised will allow Anna to come with us, because 10 weeks would have been a very long time to leave her on her own.

“Everyone has come together to support Daniel and the family and we can’t thank them enough.”

Daniel Mason was diagnosed with a brain tumour two years ago.

Daniel Mason was diagnosed with a brain tumour two years ago.

A fundraising football match was held at Nissan Sports Complex on Sunday, for Washington Juniors player Dan Mason, who has to go to Jacksonville, Florida for treatment.

A fundraising football match was held at Nissan Sports Complex on Sunday, for Washington Juniors player Dan Mason, who has to go to Jacksonville, Florida for treatment.

Dan captained the over 40s team against the women's team in the fundraising football match.

Dan captained the over 40s team against the women's team in the fundraising football match.