Coffee morning in Dan’s memory

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THE family of a precious schoolboy who died after losing his battle with a rare blood cancer are holding a charity coffee morning in his name.

And all funds raised from the event will go towards the Believe In Magic charity which helped set up Dan Sullivan’s meeting with popstar Jessie J before he tragically passed away.

Dan was just seven-years-old when he lost his fight against acute myeloid leukaemia, which is an aggressive form of leukaemia, last month.

His mum, Gillian Sullivan, contacted the Mail to tell readers about the coffee morning in memory of the little fighter to raise much-needed cash for the charity.

It is being held on Saturday, from 10am until noon, in St Matthew Hall, in Elwick Road, Hartlepool, with stalls selling cakes, tombola, books, bottles, and raffles with prizes such as a Wii, a camcorder and printer.

Tickets cost 50p, which includes tea or coffee and a biscuit.

Gillian said: “We just wanted to have a little mention in the Mail for our coffee morning in memory of our Dan, to raise much needed funds and awareness for Believe in Magic, the wonderful charity that organised his Jessie J meeting.”

Dan was diagnosed with the disease in May last year, after which he battled the disease and put up with gruelling rounds of chemotherapy.

The Eldon Grove Primary School pupil also had a gene mutation which meant once a leukaemia cell is present it continues to reproduce and multiply making it difficult to control.

Eventually, earlier this year, doctors gave the youngster’s family the devastating news that the disease had returned and there was nothing more they could do for him.

His family wanted him to fit in as many experiences as possible in the time he had left, one of which was to meet popstar Jessie J.

The singer obliged and sang Laserlight with Dan on stage in front of 11,000 fans.

Dan left behind Gillian, 45, and dad Gary, 46, and five brothers Anthony, 27, Luke, 21, twins Carl and Lewis, 17, and 15-year-old Conor.