Family’s joy as cancer-hit schoolboy is given all clear

Dylan pictured with his mum Sharon.
Dylan pictured with his mum Sharon.
Have your say

DYLAN Knox has been given the all-clear after winning his second battle with cancer.

The schoolboy, pictured with mum Sharon, is now looking forward to the summer after medics told him he was in remission from the life threatening condition.

The 15-year-old had been suffering from Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare type of cancer usually found in the bones.

After first developing the deadly illness nearly two years ago, a tumour was removed from Dylan’s hip by medics in December 2010.

Turn to Page 5

But months later he and his family were given the devastating news that the cancer had returned in the form of another tumour, behind his left lung.

He had surgery late last year to remove it.

Now, after months of intensive chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary, the Houghton Kepier School pupil has been told by doctors that he is cancer free.

Dylan is now getting back to full health at home in Lime Avenue, Houghton.

His mum Sharon Ede, 35, who also has sons Michael, 17, and Nathan, eight, said: “The scans have come back showing no signs of cancer so he is being put into remission.

“Now we are waiting to get an operation date for some reconstructive surgery on his hip and that’s it.”

Speaking about how Dylan had taken the news, Sharon added: “He’s been very quiet and I don’t think it has quite sunk in yet. “But as usual with Dylan, he takes everything in his stride.”

Dylan and his family now hope to get away for a summer break so that he can recharge before starting back at school in September, in which he will re-do his Year 10 studies.

“He is still going to go back a year like we decided a while ago,” added Sharon.

The Houghton community have rallied round Dylan and his family to raise more than £1,000 for their well-deserved holiday.

“We’re definitely going on a holiday once we get all the details to do with his reconstructive surgery organised,” said Sharon.

A charity football match took place at Houghton Kepier to boost Dylan’s fund.

Boys and girls took to the pitch dressed up as members of the opposite sex for the fun event.

Twitter: @davidallison88