Jamie's family backs cancer campaign after gruelling treatment
LITTLE Jamie Beaven's battle with cancer has changed his family's lives forever.
The two-year-old – known as the little boy with the big smile – is now on the road to recovery, but has endured months of gruelling treatment for leukaemia.
Now his family is backing a national campaign to fund vital research into the devastating illness.
Jamie, from Abbeymead, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia last July when he was just 17 months old.
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He had been suffering from a persistent cough and bruises on his leg, which were considered normal for a toddler. When a rash appeared on his back he was sent to hospital where blood tests confirmed the worst.
"Our world stopped. The first thing I thought was 'am I going to lose my baby?'," said mum Jo.
Jamie was transferred to Bristol Children's Hospital with Jo, 42, and her husband Paul, 46, by his side.
Jo said: "I will never forget how helpless I felt when he had to face the most gruelling treatment. He didn't smile and remained expressionless for weeks."
The couple's spirits were lifted when Jamie responded quickly to treatment.
Jamie, who has a half-sister Molly, 13, now has chemotherapy treatment every day and his treatment is due to continue for two years.
"It's such a joy to see him thriving and playing with the other children after spending so long not being able to socialise," said Jo.
The Beaven family have joined forces with Cancer Research UK and Channel 4 to launch a campaign to raise funds for vital research.
Stars supporting the campaign, called Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), include Gwyneth Paltrow, Alan Carr and Davina McCall.
Channel 4 will support the campaign on-air for a week next month, culminating in a live extravaganza on Friday, October 19. Visit www.standuptocancer.org.uk.