Leukaemia sufferer Alfie to switch on Nottingham Christmas lights

Alfie-2Nottingham is used to a celebrity or an Olympian switching the Christmas lights on but that all changes as a special young boy gets the honour tonight.

Seven-year-old Alfie Martin from Stapleford was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia earlier this year and have an intense block of chemotherapy, is in remission.

And now he has been entrusted with turning the lights on in the Old Market Square tonight, something his parents, Mike and Lisa, are very proud of.

“Being the first family to turn the lights on is both exciting and also a little nerve racking but we are looking forward to it,” Mick said.

“This year has brought some amazing memories and this will probably be the icing on the cake.”

However, the whole year hasn’t been that straight forward with Alfie. The road to remission has had been a long one and he is only just getting back to his former self.

“He started with joint and bone pain and was diagnosed with a strong strain of the cancer meaning he went on to the strongest treatment,” mum Lisa said.

“The intensive treatment was to get him into remission and now it is all about making sure he doesn’t relapse.

“That means he might still be on treatment for another couple of years but luckily that can all be managed at home.”

And Alfie’s father has already seen the change it has brought to his son.

“When the chemotherapy first started, he would just come back an be lying on the sofa not moving much and that was really worrying,” he said.

“Now, he tends to give me a good run around each day and he loves going to the park, but his batteries can run down very quickly.”

The Christmas light switch on at 6.30pm tonight will cap off a memorable year, with Alfie also off to meet Santa in Lapland next month thanks to the Wish Upon A Star charity.


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