Bradley was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) in March 2006. He was just three and a half. After his diagnosis, Bradley had six months of chemotherapy and he responded to it well, with relatively few side effects.
Anita, Bradley’s mum, says: “After his chemotherapy Bradley was in remission for five months, but then he relapsed and the leukaemia came back in February 2007.”
The failure of the chemotherapy to beat Bradley’s leukaemia meant that he needed a bone marrow transplant to try to completely eradicate it. Anita says: “There wasn’t a match in the family, so Bradley had an anonymous bone marrow donor. It’s a risky operation but luckily he got through it.”
The recovery period after the transplant was a tense time. But two years on, Bradley is making a strong recovery, so much so that he was fit enough to take part in Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research’s ‘Junior Bananaman Chase’ in September 2009.
Anita said: “Bradley asked me if he could run in the Bananaman Chase and I was very happy to help him along. We’ve met so many other patients and parents along this journey and although Bradley’s condition has been horrendous at times, we are still lucky to have come this far. Some people are not here today.”
“Throughout all of this treatment Bradley was very frail - but if you look at him today, you would never ever guess that he has been so poorly.”