Brave South Yorkshire boy, 11 inspires family

Brave: Mum Joanne Hobson and son Liam Dunn.
Brave: Mum Joanne Hobson and son Liam Dunn.
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A determined youngster has convinced nine members of his family to join him on a fundraising walk for the Sheffield hospital where he was treated for cancer.

Eleven-year-old Liam Dunn, from Balby Carr, near Doncaster, will join Light The Night for Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity.

He was treated for rhabdomyosarca, a cancer affecting muscles which causes soft tissue tumours, after being diagnosed in March.

Liam spotted a poster in the hospital for the torch-lit night walk and persuaded mum Joanne Hobson, 40, stepdad Andrew, 44, sister Kim, 17, and six other family members including cousins, an aunt and uncle, and grandparents to join him on the walk.

Joanne said: “Liam has already raised £300 and would like to raise as much as he can. This is his way of saying thank you.

“Liam has turned all aspects of his treatment into positives. When he found out he would lose his hair he did a sponsored hair shave and raised £1,377 for the Children’s Hospital.”

Liam has now finished radiotherapy at Weston Park and is due to have his last chemotherapy treatment at Sheffield Children’s Hospital the week after the walk. His treatment will then move to check-up appointments.

Light The Night will give participants the chance to ramble 4.5km through Ecclesall Woods, on Saturday at 7pm.

To sign up visit www.wphcancercharity.org.uk/light or call 0114 226 5370.