What a superstar…
Little Ronnie Duke-Kemp and his family are celebrating after he won an award at a prestigious ceremony.
Ronnie, aged five, has spent the last 15 months undergoing an intensive programme of therapy to treat Neuroblastoma – an aggressive form of cancer.
To recognise his bravery, and how he captured the hearts of thousands of people who followed his story in the Echo, Ronnie was presented with ‘The Spirit of Youth Award’ organised by The Promenades Shopping Centre at the Spa Royal Hall.
And the good news continued as his dad, Vaughne Kemp, revealed that Ronnie is in remission after all but one of his scans came back as clear.
Vaughne said: “We had a phone call from little Ronnie’s consultant. After the end of treatment scans and tests were put in place every one of them came back clear except one – his bone marrow which is due next week – so he’s now classed as in remission.”
He continued: “Although we still have a very long road ahead and many more scans and test along that road we are currently in a much better place than this time last year and are still praying every day.”
After feeling unwell in August last year Ronnie was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma and has subsequently spent many months in hospital in Leeds, including last Christmas. Due to the nature of his treatment he is very susceptible to infections which means constant stays in hospital.
Over the past few months the family have also become local ambassadors for the Bring Back a Smile Foundation which helps youngsters with life-threatening illnesses.
Added Vaughne: “Ronnie my boy we are all so proud of you. For a little boy the fight inside you is super-human…you are a one in a billion baby boy.
Keep doing what you do best kiddo -fighting- and I know we can win this war not just the battle.”
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