A brave youngster who is battling a bone condition has signed up for a charity challenge to support his ‘lifeline’.
Ten-year-old Dylan Marshall has been through dozens of gruelling treatments since being diagnosed with Larsen syndrome when he was just 14 months old.
The condition affects the development of bones and has meant Dylan travelling up and down the country for operations.
In the past 18 months, the Lynemouth youngster has made amazing improvements and can now walk short distances with a frame.
And next month he will complete the Junior Great North Run wheelchair race to raise funds for The Sick Children’s Trust.
The charity provides free ‘home-from-home’ accommodation and support for families with seriously ill children in hospital.
Dylan’s parents David and Victoria have stayed in three trust houses as Dylan was treated at Sheffield Children’s Hospital, Great Ormond Street and Newcastle’s RVI.
His mum said: “The Sick Children’s Trust has been our lifeline throughout Dylan’s illness. We have stayed in three ‘homes-from-home’ and cannot overstate how wonderful they are.
“The accommodation enabled us to always be there for Dylan.
“Even though Dylan is used to being in hospital, he still finds it frightening, especially before an operation, so we really do need to be by his side.
“Dylan has been through such a tough time and we are so proud of him.”
Dylan has already raised £294 in sponsorship for the challenge on Saturday, September 6. To sponsor him, visit www.justgiving.com/Victoria-Marshall6