FOR the last three years schoolboy Adam Sokoli has endured intensive chemotherapy in his battle against cancer.
And today he’ll be proudly wearing his uniform on the first day of the new term at Wolvercote Primary School, celebrating being given the all-clear.
The seven-year-old of Bourne Close, Cutteslowe, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia, known as ALL, on May 7, 2010.
Around 380 children are diagnosed with the cancer each year in Britain which affects the body’s white blood cells.
Adam’s mum Emma Sokoli, 33, said: “My husband Gent and I were absolutely terrified when we found out Adam had leukaemia.
“He had started off suffering continuous colds and high temperatures and we thought the problem was viral, but then we got the shocking news.
“We were told there was an 80 per cent chance that Adam would be okay, but as parents we could not help but fear the worst, and there were many dark days.”
Mr and Mrs Sokoli and their daughter Lily-Mae, two, had to stand by and watch as Adam endured an intensive regime of chemotherapy, blood transfusions and steroids.
Mrs Sokoli said: “We spent so much time at the hospital and Adam has been through so much pain and discomfort, but we started to meet other families, see what they were going through and Adam even started building a life around the JR’s Kamran’s ward, the staff and the school there.”
On July 23, Adam and his parents received the news they had been desperately waiting for; a bone marrow test revealed he was in remission from cancer.
Mrs Sokoli said: “For us it was like Adam was suddenly re-born.
“For him it was the day he had his Hickman line removed. That has been in his body, taking in drugs since the start, and had prevented him from doing many things he loved, including swimming and when he realised it was coming out he was just glowing, with a huge smile on his face.”
Today he’ll be joining Year three at the primary school and his teachers are delighted that he’s better.
Jenny Steele, who taught him last year, said: “Adam was a joy to teach – he always came in with a huge smile on his face and a positive attitude. He has been an inspiration to everyone in his class and all of us at Wolvercote Primary School are delighted that he is better.”
Mrs Sokoli said they had been amazed and immensely proud at the way their son has dealt with his cancer and the seemingly endless rounds of treatment he has been through.
She added: “Nothing was a bother to him and even though he did have his down days – when he was on steroids for five days after every monthly chemo round – he still asked to go to school as normal.
Adam said: “I am really glad the treatment is over. I don’t feel as tired now and I can play tennis and ride my bike more.
“I am looking forward to doing more sports and also after school clubs like chess.
“I miss the ward staff at the John Radcliffe and the play room and also the school there, but I am so happy there are no more medicines and no more chemo or steroids.”