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Brave Sheffield boy is guest of honour at special party

Eleven-year-old Ben O'Brien), from Sheffield, with  sister Rebecca, dad Dave and mum Dawn during the Little Star Awards Party in London.

Eleven-year-old Ben O'Brien), from Sheffield, with sister Rebecca, dad Dave and mum Dawn during the Little Star Awards Party in London.

A brave Sheffield boy who lost a leg to bone cancer was guest of honour at a special party held for children coping with the disease.

Ben O’Brien, aged 11, and a pupil at Ecclesfield Primary School, was diagnosed with osteosarcoma two-and-a-half years ago, but has since been fitted with a false leg, and has now set his sights on taking part in the 2020 Paralympics.

He was invited to the Little Star Awards party, held by Cancer Research UK and retailer TK Maxx, at Kensington Roof Gardens in London.

Ben was joined by mum Dawn, 35, big sister Rebecca, 13, and stepfather Dave.

Dawn, a support worker at the Northern General Hospital, said she was afraid her son would ‘struggle for the rest of his life’, but just 24 hours after his operation he was walking on crutches.

Ben has taken up boxing and - with the help of a running blade - has been classified to compete in races by England Athletics.

“He is so motivated, I would put nothing past him now,” Dawn said.

The schoolboy enjoyed an afternoon of space-themed activities, as well as meeting celebrities including Strictly Come Dancing’s Robin Windsor and Kristina Rihanoff. Ben was one of 21 children from across the UK invited to the event.

 

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