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UK schoolboy fights cancer with help from Man U heroes

December 29, 2011 - London

A UK schoolboy has successfully battled leukaemia with the help of his Manchester United heroes.

Callum Rose was cheered up by a hospital visit from his idols, including Wayne Rooney and Michael Owen.

The players gave 12-year-old the extra motivation to get better and he has now learned to walk again.

Callum lives with his mother Joanne in Salford, Manchester.

"We were in real shock for weeks following Callum's diagnosis," the Daily Star quoted Joanne as saying.

"Last Christmas was fairly awful as he had been so gravely ill and couldn't sit up properly to open his presents," she said.

To add to Callum's troubles, his kidneys failed during chemotherapy treatment and he was admitted to intensive care at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital. He then suffered a stomach bleed and also developed swine flu.

However, 12 months on, his family are much more optimistic.

"We are all excited about the New Year and Callum is so much better. We still have a long way to go but Callum is an inspiration.

"He loved meeting the United players and to me he's every bit as much of a champion as they are," she added.

Callum, who is an only child, developed a pain in his hip last summer.

Blood tests revealed he had acute lymphoblastic leukaemia and he was admitted to hospital last October.

Now his brave battle against the disease has been rewarded with a Cancer Research UK Little Star award.


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