BRAVE Toby Kowalski has met his funnyman hero Ken Dodd.
Eight-year-old Toby, who has battled cancer for the last three years, got to shake his hero's hand during the interval of his New Year's Day show in Fleetwood, Lancashire.
And the veteran comedian was so impressed by Toby's courage that he presented him with one his trademark "tickling sticks."
And Toby's four-year-old brother, Josh, was not left out. He also got his very own "tickling stick".
Toby, of Stile Common Road, Newsome, went to see Ken as part of the Examiner's Christmas Wish campaign, which we have run for the last two years with Huddersfield Pendragon Round Table.
"Toby was thrilled to bits and we all really enjoyed the show," said mum Sue.
"We all went into Ken's dressing room in the interval and had a word with him.
"We showed him the story about Toby in the Examiner and he kept the paper.
"The boys love the tickling sticks and haven't stopped prodding each other with them since they got them," she added.
Toby, who was diagnosed with leukaemia when he was four, has been a Ken Dodd fan since his grandma, Barbara Smith played him the song Happiness, during his treatment.
Neighbour Christine Battye nominated brave Toby for a Christmas Wish because of the way be has dealt with several years of chemotherapy treatment.
Sue said Toby had completed his treatment in August last year and was now having regular blood tests to monitor his condition.
She was also keen to praise taxi driver Keith Riley, who drove the family to the Fleetwood show, waited for several hours until the show had finished and then took them home again.