Fresh hope for Braiden after new medical tests

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A BRAVE boy who was told chances of recovery was slim after his cancer returned has been given a glimmer of hope.

Braiden Prescott was dealt the devastating news that his neuroblastoma had come back shortly before Christmas and his parents, Wayne and Stef, were preparing for the worst, believing the treatment would only control symptoms, rather than remove the cancer.

But latest scans have showed chemotherapy appears to be shrinking the tumor at the back of the Ince youngster’s head.

His parents posted on Facebook: “The Christie hospital wanted to talk about Braiden having Mibg therapy.

“But we are holding off on that at the minute as the chemotherapy seems to be working.

“We are so overjoyed right now - the best news we could have wished for.

“A few weeks ago we thought the chances of him getting better was slim.

“He is a walking miracle my baby boy.”

They added that the six-year-old was doing well and appeared to be much brighter than last month, when he had pains in his legs and arms.

Stef said: “He’s been so well recently, he looks well.

“He’s in no pain anymore, and not on meds apart from chemotherapy every three weeks.

“And the weight he has lost he has probably put back on, so he looks healthy.

“We are very proud of him.”

Braiden was diagnosed with neuroblastoma in 2012 and following a mammoth fund-raising drive, he was flown out to America for specialist proton beam treatment.

Sadly, this failed but following aggressive chemotherapy at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, he was eventually told he was in the clear in September 2013.

All was going well at his routine check-ups until the end of last year when he was taken to hospital experiencing pains in his legs and arms. Despite his latest medical ordeals, Braiden bravely turned up as a VIP guest to turn on Leigh’s new Christmas tree lights last month.

And that’s not the only time his new-found celebrity status has been called upon. Last year Braiden was selected to feature in NCCA UK (Neuroblastoma Children’s Cancer Alliance)’s leaflets and promotional work.

He and his brother Tyler completed a 1k walk in superhero suits to raise awareness of neuroblastoma,

And he and his family also attended a fun day for ward 84 at Manchester Children’s Hospital, for all oncology patients past and present.

In 2014 the then four-year-old Braiden was honoured with a Cancer UK and TK Maxx Little Star award for his bravery in the face of his medical tribulations.

He received a unique trophy, £50 TK Maxx gift card and a certificate signed by celebrities.

And that year he was also best man at his parents’ wedding!

To show support and help fund-raise for possible new treatments, visit www.ncca-uk.org/journey/braiden-lees-journey/ and visit Braiden LEE Prescott on Facebook.