Family raise research cash after son’s tumour battle

The Oxford Times: HOPING: Miles and mum Cheryl Davis HOPING: Miles and mum Cheryl Davis

A FAMILY is raising money for research after watching their nine-year-old son fight a second battle against cancer.

The Davises launched the Children’s Brain Tumour Foundation in 2012 after seeing nine-year-old Miles’ battle with the condition.

He was diagnosed aged five with a cancerous brain tumour and the family were warned 45 in 100 don’t live more than five more years.

But in January last year the family celebrated two years in remission and he was given the all clear.

Cheryl Davis, husband Paul and sons Lucas, 12, and twins Edward and Miles held events to raise £40,000 for research.

But just months later the family, from Launton, near Bicester, were dealt a devastating second blow when doctors found a new tumour at the base of Miles’ spine.

Miles is now on the mend and finished his last course of spinal radiotherapy in September. His mother said: “He’s doing really well. It has taken a while to get over it.

“This is our last chance. We go three months to three months, waiting for a scan to tell us we still have hope. We have put everything at it.”

Mrs Davis visited Speaker’s House, at the Houses of Parliament, earlier this month to launch three new research centres.

She said: “There were so many parents of brain tumour children that took a month or two months to be diagnosed.

“Miles got to the stage where he couldn’t walk any more and I had to carry him into the hospital. This is the biggest cancer killer of children in the UK and we have got to do something about it.”

The charity, set up with consultants at Oxford Children’s Hospital, needs to raise £40,000 a year to pay for a full-time researcher in Nottingham.

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It also plans to raise awareness of the symptoms of brain tumours among GPs through the HeadSmart campaign, by writing to every practice in the county and supplying cards spelling out the symptoms.

For more information, visit cbtf.org.uk

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