Examiner Community Awards: Cobie Booth’s never stopped smiling
May 27 2010 by Sam Casey, Huddersfield Daily Examiner
COBIE Booth has defiantly kept on smiling in the face of adversity.
The Skelmanthorpe toddler was two years old when his mum and dad noticed he had developed a limp and was experiencing pain in his side.
Steph and Robert Booth did what any parents would do and took their son to see their GP.
Concerned that it was more than routine discomfort, the doctor referred them to Barnsley General Hospital and then Sheffield Children’s Hospital for tests.
It was as the family were preparing to celebrate Cobie’s third birthday that they received the devastating news that he had acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, cancer of the white blood cells.
The disease affects about 300 children a year.
Steph and Robert feared the worst and were faced with the prospect of losing their son.
But doctors told them that he stood a good chance of surviving and within days Cobie was undergoing gruelling chemotherapy treatment.
That was about a year ago and Cobie, now four, is a third of the way through a course of chemotherapy.
There have been tough times for his family – seeing how sick the high steroid dose made him at the start of his treatment and watching him lose his hair.
They are experiences no child should have to endure.
But Cobie’s resilience throughout his ordeal has been inspirational.
Steph said: “He’s back to his normal self. I’m thrilled he’s been nominated. He’s never stopped smiling.”
The family face another two years of treatment before they can be certain that Cobie will get better and there are undoubtedly tough times ahead.
But, with his hair now grown back and Cobie due to start school this September, the future looks bright.