A MUM has hailed her ultra-courageous son as he battles through week after week of treatment for leukaemia.
Sonny Wood, aged four, from the Seaton Lane area of Hartlepool, spent eight hours at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle recently where high dose-levels of chemo were given to the Golden Flatts Primary School pupil.
Sonny has acute lymphoblastic leukaemia and experts have told his family it will be another three years and four months before they can hopefully say his body is free from cancerous cells if his treatment works.
In the meantime, mum Nicola Misseldine, 26, who also has a one-year-old daughter Georgie-Mae Lambert, praised Sonny and nominated him for this year’s Best of Hartlepool competition.
She said her battling little boy truly deserved to be in the running for the Child of Courage category.
Nicola said: “He’s had a really rough time with things recently and I think he just needs recognition of how far he has come but he has so far yet to go.”
He’s had a really rough time with things recently and I think he just needs recognition of how far he has come but he has so far yet to go.Nicola Misseldine
She said Sonny “has been so brave” ever since his diagnosis in July, last year.
Nicola added: “He had to be given the higher regimen of chemotherapy as the initial treatment didn’t work to get rid of the cancer cells.
“He has overcome bad reactions to chemotherapy, blood and platelet transfusions, infections, pokes, prods, injections, mucositus, and he stopped eating for days upon days and is now getting fed through a tube.”
Sonny becomes the latest entry in our Best of Hartlepool competition but we want to hear from many more worthy causes.
This year’s awards will culminate with a grand finale at the Hardwick Hall in Sedgefield on April 30 this year.
But before then, we needs lots of entries and people have plenty of time to put their community heroes forward.
They have until April 10 to come forward with deserving causes in categories which range from fundraiser of the year to child of courage, and green champion to local hero. After the deadline passes, judges will get together to draw up a shortlist.
For now, we want you to inundate us with entries.
You can nominate by either filling in the form on this page, or visiting the nomination website at www.jpne-events.co.uk/hartlepool