A LITTLE boy battling a brain tumour the size of a golf ball is a step closer to getting pioneering surgery in Germany thanks to fundraisers.
Jonny Kelly’s family need to raise £20,000 for the journey to see European specialists who could cut out the cancer.
An annual golf tournament by Cleveland Police has helped boost the fund by £5,500. But the family say they still have a long way to go before Jonny can visit the experts.
The eight-year-old’s parent’s “worst nightmare” began last year when the youngster started suffering headaches and couldn’t sleep.
A trip to the doctors ended with him going under the knife to have fluid removed from his brain. Surgeons then found the tumour, but could not take it out as it was too big.
His dad, Wayne Kelly, 39, said: “It’s our absolute worst nightmare.”
Jonny, who lives in Stokesley Crescent, Billingham, is now taking part in a clinical trial and is undergoing 18 months’ of chemotherapy in a bid to shrink the tumour.
Wayne, who worked in demolition before Jonny took ill, said: “The signs are good and he’s going the right way with the treatment, but going to Germany is the goal.”
Wayne, who is engaged to Jonny’s mum, insurance worker Emma Kelly, 31, said Jonny has just started going back to Billingham South Primary School as he tries to get some normality back to his life.
Cleveland Police’s golf tournament, which was held at Wynyard Golf Club in August last year, saw 22 teams of business owners, retired and serving police officers, and business representatives play each other.
Police had teamed up with TFM Radio’s Cash for Kids charity to arrange the tournament, which has been an annual event for the last 26 years.
They donated £5,500 to Jonny and £800 to the cancer unit at the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton.
Chief Inspector Ted Allen, chairman of the organising committee, said: “The event itself has proven very popular and over the last 26 years we have raised a significant amount of money for local charities and good causes.
“We hope to continue this over the coming years and I’d like to thank everybody that got involved in the event last year.”