STAR SUPERKIDS: Brave Kasabian on a mission

The Star's Sheffield Superkids Awards 2015 held at Magna Science Adventure Centre in Rotherham. The Bravery Award sponsored by Taylor & Emmet went to Kasabian Newton-Smith. Kasabian is pictured with sponsor Michaela Heathcote.
The Star's Sheffield Superkids Awards 2015 held at Magna Science Adventure Centre in Rotherham. The Bravery Award sponsored by Taylor & Emmet went to Kasabian Newton-Smith. Kasabian is pictured with sponsor Michaela Heathcote.
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Kasabian Newton-Smith was just a toddler when he was first diagnosed with cancer.

Kasabian, who celebrates his eigth birthday today, has had to brave many bouts of cancer in his short life and was given just a fortnight to live when he was two, but has battled against the odds to overcome a number of difference cancers.

Most recently, doctors found a large inoperable brain tumour, for which he is undergoing chemotherapy to restrict its growth , and a form of bone cancer called Ewing’s sarcoma which is so rare he has had to go to America for specialist treatment. In June, doctors found more tumours in his spine.

Despite all this, the Mansell Primary School pupil, who dreams of one day being a doctor, is a positive and determined little boy.

Earlier this year, he embarked on a fundraising campaign to help pay for a new £650,000 cancer clinic at Sheffield Children’s Hospital, saying he wanted to help other children going through the same battle. He has already raised hundreds of pounds towards the cause and all the money he raises will be donated to the Parents’ Association of Children with Tumours and Leukaemia charity, which hopes to open a children’s centre for oncology and haematology outpatients at Sheffield Children’s Hospital 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 as soon as possible. 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. He wants to help kids who have gone through what he is going through. He knows what it is like.”

Kasabian - who has undergone radiotherapy more than 100 times - previously who won The Star’s Superkids bravery award in 2012.

And despite all the obstacles, his parents have said they will never given up hope that they will one day find a miracle cure, and hope Kas will continue to use his strength to prove his doctors wrong, as he has done for the past six years.

“We had such a brilliant night at the Superkids Awards,” Kay added.

“It was an emotional night but it was wonderful for his dad and I to be there with Kas after everything he has gone through - the radiotherapy, the major brain surgery and the chemo - and celebrate him with other people who think he’s as brilliant as we do.”

Kasabian, of Parson Cross, received the Star Superkids Bravery Award, sponsored by Taylor & Emmet Solicitors.