A footballer has pledged his support to a brave little boy battling a rare brain tumour.
Ben Brown, seven, was diagnosed with an aggressive tumour in 2011.
Over the past two years the youngster has had the tumour removed, received chemotherapy and radiotherapy and even spent two weeks in isolation as part of his treatment.
But in June he and parents Claire, 32, and Andrew, 36, along with big sister Lauren, 13, and five-month-old Tommy, were dealt the devastating news Ben had relapsed and may not make it to October.
Yet, over the past four months the youngster has battled against the odds and doctors have said his chances of survival are now up by 70 per cent.
Now his schoolmates, along with generous businesses and the Fylde coast’s football clubs are working to raise thousands for Ben, a pupil at Our Lady of the Assumption Primary School, Marton, to travel to the USA for further treatment.
And Fleetwood Town FC midfielder Stewart Murdoch, 22, joined children at the Thornhill Close school for a fundraising disco.
The midfielder, said: “I was more than happy to go along, supporting an important cause. Ben is such a brave boy, always smiling.
“I was impressed by the amount of support Ben and his family received at what must be a difficult time.”
Mum Claire said: “In June it was devastating. But we’re celebrating now, even though he’s still high risk. We’ve over the moon. We’ve got Ben on a lot of alternative therapy, we want to take him to the USA for treatment and buy him this machine to help his body repair itself. Ben’s a fighter.”
The family now needs to raise around £48,000 for the treatments.
Claire added: “We’re trying to think of other ways of fund raising now. [People helping us] is overwhelming, we didn’t realise so many people care.”
The event, featuring raffle prizes from Blackpool and Fleetwood Town football clubs along with Blackpool businesses, raised £1,600 for the family, who live on Whitegate Drive, Blackpool.