An inspirational seven-year-old boy fighting an incredibly rare form of cancer is aiming to raise £670,000 to build a new clinic at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.
Brave Kasabian Newton-Smith has undergone radiotherapy more than 100 times since being diagnosed with a form of bone cancer.
Kasabian, from Parson Cross, was originally given just two weeks to live by doctors when a brain tumour the size of a man’s fist was uncovered when he was just two years old.
After surviving a 10-hour operation, tests revealed he had an extremely rare form of cancer known as Ewing’s sarcoma.
He was treated in America but his cancer came back in his neck in 2013, leading to further treatment.
Sadly in June, he was told the cancer had returned with two more tumours found in his spine.
Now the Mansel Primary School pupil, who dreams of being a doctor, hopes to be able to inspire a massive new fundraising campaign to help other local children who suffer from cancer.
The Parents’ Association of Children with Tumours and Leukaemia – PACT – charity is currently fundraising to create a new Children’s Centre for the Oncology and Haematology outpatients department at Sheffield Children’s Hospital and are aiming to raise £670,000 in the next two years to build the facility.
The clinic will include a new treatment suite and an improved waiting area for families and it is hoped it can be completed by 2017.
Kasabian’s mother Kay said: “The doctors have said the long-term prognosis for Kasabian is not great. He will keep getting relapses and basically they are running out of treatment.
“That is why he wants the clinic. He says in two years he might not be here to see it.
“He has been down this path for five years and made great friends who have passed away.”
Kay said Kasabian is hoping to collect as much as possible to go towards the new campaign.
“It is a lot of money but Kasabian is hoping to raise as he can to get this new clinic,” she said.
Kasabian has already helped raise hundreds of pounds, with a sponsored walk through Hillsborough Park last weekend with family and friends collecting more than £500.
Kay said the young football fan, who supports Sheffield United and Manchester United, is committed to helping others despite the challenges he has faced in life and has ambitions to be a doctor who specialises in helping children with cancer.
“He wants to help kids that have gone through what he is going through. He knows what it is like,” she said.
Kasabian’s JustGiving page has already passed its original £500 target and Kay said the family will keep increasing the target as more cash is raised.
* To donate to the appeal, visit Kasabian’s Fight