Trophy tribute to brave Dan

Dan Sullivan. Below, boxers left to right, Ian Cooper, Craig Denton, Ste Hart, John T Kelly, Kevin Bennett, Jeff Wool, Paul Robinson, Kyle McDermott and Stuart McDonald
Dan Sullivan. Below, boxers left to right, Ian Cooper, Craig Denton, Ste Hart, John T Kelly, Kevin Bennett, Jeff Wool, Paul Robinson, Kyle McDermott and Stuart McDonald
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KIND-HEARTED boxers taking part in a charity fundraiser have named a trophy in honour of a brave Hartlepool schoolboy who lost his battle with cancer.

Popular Dan Sullivan lost his fight for life last week aged just seven years old after a battle with an aggressive form of leukaemia.

Pictured (left to right) are Ian Cooper, Craig Denton, Ste Hart, John T Kelly, Kevin Bennett, Jeff Wool, Paul Robinson, Kyle Mc Dermott and Stuart Mc Donald.

Pictured (left to right) are Ian Cooper, Craig Denton, Ste Hart, John T Kelly, Kevin Bennett, Jeff Wool, Paul Robinson, Kyle Mc Dermott and Stuart Mc Donald.

In honour of the much-loved youngster boxers taking part in a Miles for Men fundraiser have named the trophy after him.

Nine town boxers will be taking on fighters from the Manchester and Portsmouth area to compete for the Dan Sullivan Memorial Trophy at the Borough Hall, in Hartlepool, on Sunday, November 18.

This summer’s Miles for Men event, which raised £40,000 for Cancer Research UK, saw hundreds of men of all ages run, walk or jog a three-mile route.

The boxing night, featuring novice fighters and former amateur champions, will help boost the amount.

Miles for Men organiser Michael Day, 39, of Innes Road, said: “Dan was a big supporter of Miles for Men and took part this summer.

“He was due to present the winning team with the trophy at the boxing night so the Miles for Men team thought it was appropriate to name it in his honour.

“Dan touched a lot of people’s hearts and this will become an annual event.”

Heartfelt messages poured in on social networking sites in memory of Dan, including one from popstar Jessie J.

Dan, a pupil at Eldon Grove Primary School, lived his dream when he got the chance to sing Jessie J’s hit Laserlight on stage with her in front of 11,000 fans in Shropshire earlier this year.

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

Dan had a gene mutation, which meant once a leukaemia cell is present it continues to reproduce and multiply making it difficult to control.

He was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia last May and despite chemotherapy and radiotherapy initially appearing to be working, tests showed that the youngster had relapsed and the disease had returned earlier this year.

Dan was given further chemotherapy but just days before a bone marrow transplant after a donor had been lined up, tests showed that the cancer had again returned.

He sadly passed away on Tuesday, October 30.

Fighters at the Miles for Men boxing event include Ian Cooper, Craig Denton, Ste Hart, John T Kelly, Kevin Bennett, Jeff Wool, Paul Robinson, Kyle McDermott and Stuart McDonald.

Doors open at 1pm and the first fight is expected to take place mid-afternoon.

Tickets for the boxing night are £25 and are available from Atkinson Print, in Church Street. Alternatively call the Miles for Men direct line on 07447309436 or Michael Day on 07403329145.