A FAMILY whose world has been turned upside down by childhood cancer have been treated to the trip of a lifetime.
Nathan Shorey was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in May 2010 at the age of two and is still undergoing treatment at the RVI in Newcastle.
The Herald reported last year that Nathan had received a Little Star Award from Cancer Research UK for his bravery during treatment.
And his family have been actively fund-raising for charity Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research, taking part in Beefy’s Great British Walk and the Mini and Junior Great North Run. Mum Mel also organised a ball with her friend Lynn Robinson, which raised more than £2,000.
The Ellington family were nominated to go on a trip to Disneyland Paris, which is funded annually by Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research, and were thrilled to take part.
Mrs Shorey said: “The trip to Disney has meant the world to our family. It has been three days full of very special, happy memories. Hearing the children saying how happy they were was wonderful.
“If it wasn’t for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research and all of the work it does my son may not be here.
“I think the charity is amazing and it’s so important it continues to receive funds for research so new treatments and cures can be found for this terrible disease.”
The charity’s Director of Fund-raising Ikram Dahman said: “It was a privilege to share such wonderful memories with so many inspirational children like Nathan and his family.”
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