Teenage Cancer Survivor From Ely Meets Football Heroes
A15-YEAR-OLD from Ely who has been bravely battling cancer since 2008 enjoyed a day to remember on Saturday meeting his heroes at Chelsea football club. Callum Brown, was diagnosed with a rare brain tumour in February 2008 and had surgery followed by chem
A15-YEAR-OLD from Ely who has been bravely battling cancer since 2008 enjoyed a day to remember on Saturday meeting his heroes at Chelsea football club.
Callum Brown, was diagnosed with a rare brain tumour in February 2008 and had surgery followed by chemotherapy and radiotherapy at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge.
During his treatment, he was nominated as one of Cancer Research UK's Little Stars, which celebrate the courage of children who have been diagnosed with cancer.
Last Saturday, Callum travelled down to London with dad Stuart and sister Chloe to watch Chelsea beat West Ham 4-1 and was then invited into the players' lounge to meet some of his idols including Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba, captain John Terry and manager Carlo Ancelotti.
A delighted Callum, said: "It was absolutely amazing - we had a great view of all the goals and met all the players, as well as (West Ham manager) Gianfranco Zola who is a Chelsea legend that I remember watching when I was little."
As part of the special day put on by Chelsea, John Terry gave Callum his match shirt and Chloe was given a pair of his boots as well.
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Callum's dad Stuart said: "It was a fantastic day and Callum got so much out of it. We did go to see Chelsea once before when he was ill but he was able to take it all in this time and meeting the players was wonderful."
Cancer Research UK is the largest single funder of research into children's cancer in the UK having spent more than �9 million last year. The charity has been at the heart of huge advances in treatments. In the 1960s around a quarter of children with cancer survived, whereas today three quarters survive.