Little Max Davies really is a superkid now!
Not only is the brave schoolboy, from Beighton, Sheffield, well on his way to beating cancer - but he has also managed to raise more than £13,850 for Sheffield Children’s Hospital, where medics helped to save his life.
Max - who was nominated for one of The Star’s Superkid awards earlier this year - has also had a special festive treat, as last week he was whisked off on an exciting trip to Lapland, the home of Father Christmas.
The youngster’s dad Craig, aged 41, said he was overjoyed with Max’s progress and the fundraising total, which is more than five times the family’s original target of £2,500.
Max was chosen by the Wish Upon a Star charity to go to Lapland.
Craig and his wife Sarah, who also have an older daughter called Lily, were heartbroken when their six-year-old son was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma.
After a series of tests, including painful bone marrow and spinal fluid injections as well as CT and MRI scans, the couple were told the condition was still in its early stages but had already started to spread out of his bowel.
Max immediately began an aggressive course of chemotherapy at the children’s hospital, which has proved successful.
“When we were told Max had cancer our perfect life fell apart,” said Craig.
“Max started complaining of being in pain in January and we took him to our GP and to A&E several times, but they kept saying they couldn’t find anything.
On our fourth visit, they wanted to send us home again, but my wife insisted they ran tests.”
The tests showed Max had a condition where the bowel folds onto itself. During the operation to repair it, doctors found a tumour and further examination revealed lymphoma.
Craig said: “We’ve been amazed at how resilient he has been. Max has finished his chemotherapy and is doing very well and is now back at school. While Max was undergoing his treatment we were fundraising for the cancer ward at the children’s hospital to help other poorly kids.
“In total we have raised £13,856 which has far exceeded the original £2,500 target we set.”
Craig took part in activities including a skydive, sponsored head shave and organised an indoor cycling marathon.