Cancer sufferer has ‘best day of his life’ thanks to charity’s help

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A SCHOOLBOY battling cancer enjoyed a dream trip to the Champions League Final.

Bradley Marshall, 13, of Bridlington, was given a chance to visit Lisbon in Portugal to watch Real Madrid beat city rivals Atletico Madrid by the Chesterfield-based charity Kids ‘n’ Cancer.

Its founder Mike Hyman knew the youngster was a big Real Madrid fan and secured the donated tickets for the game.

The charity has helped Bradley travel to the United States
where he underwent pioneering proton therapy to stop a tumour in the base of his spine from growing.

Bradley, who attends Scarborough College, said: “It was amazing. The atmosphere was unbelievable and something I will never forget. It’s been the best day of my life and an awesome experience.”

He had his picture taken with the Champion’s League trophy and his seats were next to the main VIP block, crammed with stars from the world of football, among them French star Michel Platini and leading referee Pierluigi Collina.

Mr Hyman, founder of Kids ‘n’ Cancer, said: “Our connection with the children does not stop at just helping to secure proton therapy treatment for them.

“All those we have supported become part of the charity’s ‘family’ and, wherever possible, days out like this are as important a part of the child’s recovery as the medical treatment itself.”

At the time, it was feared the NHS would not pay for his trip although officials later agreed to fund it. The charity, formed four years ago, has so far helped 70 children have proton therapy.

The Chesterfield and Derbyshire marathon on September 14 will raise money for the charity alongside other causes.