LITTLE Cobie Booth is an inspiration to us all.
The three-year-old suffers from leukaemia and has undergone some gruelling chemotherapy treatment, but still manages to keep a smile on his face.
Now his proud mum Steph and the family is on a mission to help a charity that has given Cobie and many other children like him the chance to lead long and happy lives.
She is backing a Cancer Research UK campaign, which has already raised a staggering £3.2m to help beat children’s cancer.
Steph, from Skelmanthorpe, said: “If it wasn’t for charities like this Cobie might not be here now.
“So many people are affected by cancer and the more money we can raise the more lives we can save.”
The mum-of-two said her family’s world fell apart when Cobie was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia on April 18 last year, just a week before his third birthday.
The 29-year-old and husband Robert, 27, had noticed something was wrong with their son when he developed a limp and complained of pain in his backside.
They visited their GP who referred Cobie to Barnsley General Hospital and then Sheffield Children’s Hospital where tests revealed the devastating news that he had leukaemia.
Steph said: “When we heard the news our whole world just fell apart, we immediately feared the worst and thought we were going to lose him.
“He went from being diagnosed to starting treatment in just a few days.
“We were absolutely terrified but doctors told us that of the three different strains of leukaemia, Cobie had the best one – from the very beginning they said to us they were treating him to get better which was such a relief.”
Cobie, who has a two-year-old sister Lillie, is now nearly a year into a three-year chemotherapy treatment course and his making good progress.
Steph, of Station Road, said: “He’s doing really well and has finished his two blocks of intensive treatment.
“He’s still on chemotherapy tablets but he’s now only visiting hospital once a week to every two weeks.
“He did lose his hair, which has now grown back, but the worst part was seeing how ill he was at the beginning of his treatment when he was on high doses of steroids.
“He lost the ability to walk for six weeks and had to learn to crawl and walk again. This was heartbreaking, especially as at the time his little sister was just starting walking and he was frustrated looking at her and not being able to do it.
“But he was so brave. He has never stopped smiling throughout his treatment and doesn’t let anything stop him.
“He is an inspiration to us all, particularly those of us who complain about the little things in life.”
Despite not being due to finish his treatment until June 2012, Cobie is doing well and is due to start school this September.
Steph, who gave up her job at the Black Bull pub in Shepley to look after her son, is now marking the first anniversary of his cancer diagnosis by supporting a fundraising campaign.
She is backing the Give Up Clothes for Good campaign, which has seen TK Maxx and Cancer Research UK team up to raise valuable funds to help beat childhood cancers.
Steph is urging families in Huddersfield to raid their wardrobes and donate unwanted goods to their local TX Maxx store.
She said: “Thankfully we are now on the right track with Cobie, but it’s thanks to research into children’s cancers that there are much better treatment options now.”
Donation bags are available free in store. For more information visit www.txmaxx.com.