A BRAVE teenager is set for a Christmas to remember after being told he is in remission from a rare form of bone cancer.
Kieran Maxwell, from Heighington, near Darlington, was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma in 2010, resulting in his left leg being amputated at the knee.
His family was devastated earlier this year when, following a period in remission, doctors said the disease had returned.
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The 15-year-old Paralympic hopeful had put his promising gymnastics career to one side to focus on his treatment.
With the support of his family, he has made dozens of trips to the Royal Victoria Infirmary, in Newcastle, for high-dose chemotherapy, stem cell treatment and regular check-ups.
On Friday (December 20), the family received an early Christmas present when doctors told Kieran he was in remission once more.
Although he has not yet beaten the disease and will return to hospital for an appointment with his consultant in January, the news was certainly a welcome boost to Kieran and his family.
Posting on his Facebook page, the teenager wrote: “I got the results and I have good news - I am officially in remission again. Hope it continues forever.”
That post received more than 700 likes and attracted more than 250 comments from well-wishers.
Kieran’s mother, Nicola, said the family was ‘over the moon’ at the news.
She said: “Kieran has very little energy at present and has not been able to go back to school, which is a pain.
“But he has finished all of his treatment for now, it has been hard but we are over the moon to have had some good news.
“Kieran isn’t cured yet, he is in remission. He will never be cured, it could come back at any time, but he will hopefully stay in remission.”
Mrs Maxwell said Kieran hopes to resume training in the New Year, if his energy levels improve and his consultant says he is well enough.
Asked about the level of online backing the family has received, Mrs Maxwell added: “It is lovely that so many people have given Kieran their support.”
A recent raffle of a large teddy bear raised more than £500 for the Kieran Maxwell Fund, with the funds to be used to enable Kieran to enjoy a trip to the Harry Potter attraction, in Hertfordshire, when he is feeling stronger.