An inspiring boy who has been diagnosed with cancer hopes to help other children in his situation by documenting his journey.
Harrison Boyd, 13, was taken to hospital by his mother Tanya Boyd, 39, from Clacton, after he began to feel unwell earlier this year.
After several tests, two tumors were discovered in his spine and lung, and he was initially diagnosed with an undifferentiated sarcoma.
However, five months later, in May, Harrison’s diagnosis was reviewed and he was told he had a rarer cancer called NUT carcinoma.
The doctor’s verdict shattered the schoolboy’s family, changing their lives in an instant, and devastated his younger brother Henley, 4, and mother Tanya.
“I felt sick to my stomach,” Tanya added.
“Harrison can’t walk now because of the tumors on his spine that compress his spinal cord.
“Before all this, my child was a very healthy and capable boy.
“Our house is now unsuitable due to Harrison’s needs, so now we are looking for a new home.
“It’s a struggle and nothing is going to happen anytime soon, so we’re just stuck and residents in a hospital.
“Our lives have changed a lot, a lot more than people think.”
Since his scathing positive diagnosis, Harrison has begun documenting his journey on social media in an effort to help other children who are also battling cancer.
He has amassed a healthy following and his videos are regularly watched hundreds of times.
In the eyes of his mother, those who know him and those who don’t, Harrison is now a bit of a role model.
“Harrison decided to record his journey to help other children in his situation and it’s also an outlet for him,” Tanya added.
“He’s always thinking of others, my boy, he’s a great young man.”
Tanya’s friend Sarah Shea-sexton has now launched a fundraiser to support Harrison and his family.
The campaign was initially set to raise £1,000, but the total is now nearly double the target following the community’s gathering.
“Incredibly, despite this heartbreaking diagnosis, Tanya remains kind, caring, bubbly, funny, friendly and still bubbly,” Sarah added.
“Harrison is only 13 years old, despite being aware of his diagnosis and prognosis, he proves to be an absolute superhero and role model for absolutely everyone.
“This family is truly one in a million and the love between them is unconditional.
“We want to help relieve some of the financial pressures on this family during this terrible time
“If we could relieve some of this pressure, I know the family will be incredibly grateful.”
Young Harrison is now undergoing chemotherapy at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.
Tanya added: “It is heartwarming and overwhelming to know that we have so much support from people we don’t even know.
“Harrison responded to his first round of chemotherapy, which is great, and now he’s on his sixth treatment.
“He’s amazing and his determination is inspiring. His body is fighting the battle of his life and he doesn’t even know it.
“He has positivity in his soul and continues to fight and laugh every day.
“I am very proud to call him my son.”
Donate at justgiving.com/crowdfunding/sarah-shea-sexton-2.