Plucky Max Davies proved he’s the bravest boy in Sheffield - when he collected his Superkids award less than an hour after being discharged from hospital, writes Molly Lynch.
The six-year-old, who is battling cancer, came straight from gruelling treatment to join the rest of his family at The Star’s annual awards.
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Little Max, from Beighton, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma last month.
Mum Sarah said: “He came as soon as he’d been discharged. He’s amazing.”
In just over four weeks, the youngster’s life has been turned upside down.
Max, from Beighton in Sheffield, went from being a healthy, happy little boy to battling a serious illness in his bowel which has now begun to spread.
Shortly after being diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma, he began an aggressive course of chemotherapy which led him to lose his hair.
Life has become a series of hospital appointments for the schoolboy and his parents Craig and Sarah. But that has not stopped the Blades fan from being his bubbly self - and the strength he has shown has helped his family through.
And it is that inspirational courage which won Max The Star’s Bravery Award in the annual Superkids honours - after heading straight to the ceremony from hospital.
Mum Sarah said: “He came almost straight after he had been discharged. He is just amazing, he’s been unbelievable and this has been a fantastic day.”
The awards host, Capital FM DJ Jojo, led a round of applause as she welcomed Max on to the stage accompanied by his father.
Wearing a Sheffield United shirt, he was handed a certificate and given a gold medal, and he smiled for the camera before joining sister Lily at his table.
Jojo said: “Max is such a brave little boy and I think he deserves to get his moment on the stage.
“He has had a series of tests which have been painful and his parents have been told the cancer has spread outside the bowel.
“Throughout everything he has shown courage and determination to fight this illness.”
The youngster was one of 10 award winners and a selection of runners-up who were crowned The Star’s Superkids at the Royal Victoria Holiday Inn, Victoria Station Road, yesterday.
This year’s honours attracted the highest number of nominations for children who have triumphed over adversity, achieved academic and sporting success, or gone the extra mile to help others.
Other inspiring youngsters who scooped awards included Max Cole, the six-year-old who saved his grandmother’s life, promising young athlete Amelia Lancaster and dedicated fundraiser Sana Hussain, 15.
The Star’s editor, Jeremy Clifford, said: “This is the 17th Superkids awards and once again there has been an overhwhelming number of nominations, which is a great testimony to our readers and the whole community.
“It is clear that so many people demonstrate bravery and excellence and we are proud of their hard work. Judging the winners has been truly difficult.
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