‘Hi my name is Leighton and I am eight years old. I was diagnosed with a brain tumour on my brain stem in February 2019 called Medulloblastoma which was re-categorised after removal, to a large cell Anaplastic Medulloblastoma.

Before I was diagnosed I had really bad headaches, was sick every morning and I couldn’t walk in a straight line, my head was also tilted due to the position of my tumour. After surgery, I went through six weeks of Radiotherapy and four rounds of aggressive chemotherapy. 

During my time on Ward 31, I met the lovely people from #Candlelighters, who spent time playing games, doing crafts and making me laugh on my bad days.  They even helped my Mum by giving her a hair cut and a massage.

I have had a lovely holiday to Centre Parcs with my family too, which Candlelighters made possible. 

During lockdown, I have enjoyed Zoom calls doing crafts with Vicky and Emma.

I finished treatment in October 2019 and I have had to learn to walk, talk and regain some of the normality I had before my diagnosis.’

Leighton’s Mum goes on to say, ‘As a family, we were heartbroken but the support and care we have had throughout has been unbelievable. Our family did a charity head shave to show how much we appreciate what Candlelighters do not just for us but for families alike.’

Leighton continues, ‘Right now I am back to school and living my life.

Thank you Candlelighters and to all who support.’ 

– Leighton & Mum, Kerry. 

#BeBraveBeBoldBeGold #ChildhoodCancer #BeTheSpark #CCAM #ChildhoodCancerAwarenessMonth
#GoGold #Candlelighters


Please be the spark that keeps our candle burning and give a Regular Gift today, so we can bring light to families like Leighton’s in these darkest of times.

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