Brave cancer fighter Ryan is given a special award

LITTLE STAR: Ryan Walker, three, from Penwortham, near Preston, with his award
LITTLE STAR: Ryan Walker, three, from Penwortham, near Preston, with his award
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Three-year-old was diagnosed with cancer in September and is having chemotherapy.

A youngster who was diagnosed with cancer in September has had his courage recognised with a special award from Cancer Research UK.

Ryan Walker, from Penwortham, near Preston, has received a Little Star award.

Ryan, aged three, was diagnosed with a Wilms’ tumour in September.

Mum Rachel, who works as a support secretary at the cancer unit in Preston, took Ryan back and forth to the GP for some weeks after spotting blood in his nappy.

He was eventually seen at Accident and Emergency where an ultrasound revealed a mass on his kidney.

Ryan was referred to the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital where further tests revealed he had a Wilms’ tumour. He began an immediate course of chemotherapy which successfully shrunk the tumour by 30 per cent.

He then underwent surgery to remove the tumour and his kidney.

Ryan, who has a six-year-old brother called Ethan, is now on a 28-week cycle of chemotherapy treatment, but the family are looking forward to being together over Christmas.

Mum Rachel, 33, said: “Ryan is coping so well that it helps us to just get on with it.

“It was a huge, huge shock for all the family when was he was diagnosed with cancer, but we are remaining positive.”

Jane Bullock, the charity’s spokesman for the North West, said: “The Little Star Awards are a wonderful way of raising awareness of the progress that is being made in the fight against children’s cancer and we would like to encourage anyone who knows an inspirational child like Ryan to nominate them now.

“Thousands of children are here today thanks to the research that saved their lives. But sadly, improvements have not been seen in all cancers. There is much more to be done to ensure no child’s life is cut short by the disease and to develop kinder and more effective treatments so that children can lead a full life after their diagnosis.”

Cancer Research UK has launched its annual Little Star Awards, in partnership with TK Maxx.

Relatives and friends of young cancer patients or survivors are being urged to nominate them at