A Family alliance

Cheryl and Paul Davis with sons Lucas, Miles and Edward

Cheryl and Paul Davis with sons Lucas, Miles and Edward

First published in Bicester

PARENTS whose son was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumour have officially launched a charitable foundation to tackle the disease.

Two years ago the Davis family were dealt a massive blow when their son Miles was diagnosed, aged just five.

In a whirlwind seven months, Miles, now seven, had major surgery, followed by chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

At Christmas Miles and his family celebrated his second year in remission after a scan gave the all clear.

But during his treatment mum Cheryl, dad Paul, Miles’ twin Edward, and brother Lucas, 10, were faced with worrying statistics.

According to Cancer Research UK, 45 of every 100 children with a brain tumour don’t live more than five years after diagnosis.

Now the Davis family, who live in Launton near Bicester, are hoping they will be able to help change that prognosis and have set up The Children’s Brain Tumour Foundation.

It is dedicated to fund research into brain tumours in youngsters.

Miles, had been poorly for a while but was suddenly rushed to hospital when he could not walk, and two days later underwent brain surgery.

Mrs Davis, 41, said: “A week later we had the horrendous news it was cancer.

“Then he had to go through 16 weeks of chemotherapy and seven weeks of radiotherapy.

“We don’t get the all clear for five years, but he is in remission and his scans have been clear.

“He’s very fit and healthy and progressing well.”

But it was after chatting to the medical staff who cared for Miles that the family were made aware of just how little funding is available to research brain tumours, and it was then the family decided they wanted to help.

Mrs Davis said: “Brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer of UK children, yet receives only one per cent of funds raised through cancer charities.

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“Miles has been exceptionally lucky.

“ I just think if we can make the one per cent a bit bigger, and can fund more research, than maybe we can have the same survival rates as leukaemia.

“Miles was diagnosed two years ago and had a fantastic surgeon.

“But other children lose the fight along the way.

“We decided as a family ‘let’s do something to try and make a difference’.”

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