LITTLE smiler Sam Vernon has celebrated the all-clear from a rare childhood cancer with a party.
And the event with friends and family was also a way to mark his bravery throughout the ordeal with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
The four-year-old has had gruelling treatment, including chemotherapy and regular lumber punctures, at Sheffield Children’s Hospital since he was diagnosed with the tumour in February 2010.
He was given the all-clear for five years on last month and has now been nominated for the Star Superkids award - which recognise inspirational youngsters.
Mum Jenny, of Wadsley, said: “Sam has been a star from his diagnosis to getting the all clear. He has been scared, but he’s sailed through it and been very brave.
“All the way through he has kept a smile on his face and he lights the world up, nurses and staff are always so pleased to see him.
“I told him the party was to celebrate the all clear and because he doesn’t have to take any medicine any more.”
After six months of intensive treatment Sam had to take oral chemotherapy every day, as well as making regular visits to the hospital. A low immune system has also seen him admitted again.
Sam started at Marcliffe School in September and stood in front of his class to tell them he was better.
Grandma Pearl Todd, of Barnsley, nominated Sam as a Superkid because he has coped with ‘courage’, despite been frightened at times.
She said: “He has gone through so much in his short life, losing little friends who he met on the ward not able to win their battle with cancer. Sam is a brave boy and has always got a smile in his face.”
n Do you know a youngster who deserves recognition?
To nominate them for a Star Superkids award, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the name of nominee, nominator and contact details with a brief description of why they should be a Superkid by Friday, April 20, or write to Superkids, Promotions department, York Street, Sheffield S1 1PU.