Cancer lad’s fight may inspire book

Brandon Ballance with mother Sarah Louise Nicholson.
Brandon Ballance with mother Sarah Louise Nicholson.

The family of a brave 11-year-old boy who has endured a long-running cancer battle are determined to help others facing the same ordeal, by publishing a book about his fight with the disease.

Brandon Ballance, named The Champ by his loved ones, was diagnosed with an inoperable brain-stem tumour when he was just two and has suffered a tough journey ever since, including rigorous chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment.

His most recent scan, shortly before Christmas, revealed that the growth had not increased in size, which his mum Sarah Louise Nicholson described as brilliant news.

With the youngster gaining more strength and energy, the Amble-based family want to produce a book chronicling his fight, which has spanned nearly a decade.

They hope it will give other people an insight about the disease and offer a ray of hope to those in the same position.

Proceeds would go towards four charities: Sara’s Hope Foundation; Indee Rose Trust; Samuel’s Children’s Charity and Masons Magic.

They are appealing for someone to help them put it together and publish the work.

“We want to help other families and other children,” said 35-year-old Sarah, who also has a six-year-old daughter, Sienna.

“The book would help to give an insight into what to expect and what people will face along the way.

“Brandon can give reassurances that it can be okay, that the scans aren’t as scary as they seem and how he felt about the treatment.

“It will help raise awareness and give us the chance to tell our own story.”

A tear-jerking video, entitled Brandon’s Journey, has already been uploaded onto YouTube.

Put together by David Jones, the 13-minute film features family photos and tells the youngster’s story.

“We have talked about doing it for a while,” said Sarah.

“It is quite overwhelming and I am glad we did it.”

To see the video, visit YouTube and search for Brandon’s Journey.

To contact Sarah about the book, call 07725 147188.

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