THE mum of cancer survivor Leighton Cook today spoke of her relief after getting the all-clear from her own illness.
Lynzie Cook was diagnosed with a type of skin cancer late last year.
The news came after four-year-old Leighton went into remission from deadly neuroblastoma.
She was told she had basal-cell carcinoma, which although common, needed to be treated urgently.
“They did a biopsy on me and managed to take the cancer from my lip,” said mum-of-five Lynzie, of Tunstall.
“They say I’m OK now, but I’ve still got to get checked out regularly.
“The doctors are happy they have taken away everything they needed to.”
The 34-year-old also spoke of the immense sadness at attending the recent funeral of Barnes youngster Connor Cassidy, who died after suffering from the same condition as Leighton.
“Leighton and Connor used to play when they saw each other at the RVI for treatment,” said Lynzie.
“It’s just so sad and my heart goes out to his mam Elaine for the strength she has shown.
“For her to have to go through this at such a young age is something I can’t imagine.
“You wonder how anybody can cope with something like that and I take my hat off to her for how she is dealing with it.
“Connor was just a lovely little lad who never complained.”
Leighton, a Pride of Wearside Child of Courage award winner, has been in remission for six months and is back enjoying life with his friends at New Silksworth Infants’ School.
“He’s doing really well, but we just continue to take each day as it comes,” added Lynzie, who works at One Stop, in Blind Lane, Silksworth.
“We have to try not to wrap him up in cotton wool at times so he can lead the normal life of a four-year-old boy.”
If Leighton makes a full recovery and does not need treatment, the family say the cash already raised to help him and leftover, will be handed to the Neuroblastoma Society and families who have children battling the condition.
Leighton’s family, which includes dad Dave, 54, sister Taylor, 14, and brothers, Grant, 13, Kieron, nine and Ethan, seven, hope each day that he will stay in remission and cancer free.
Other events for Leighton’s fund are being planned, with the latest at Ryhope Working Men’s Club on Friday, April 20.
To find out more or get involved in fund-raising, call Lynzie on 07833 476 152 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.