BRAVE Alfie Hinks is still learning to walk and talk again after surviving a satsuma-sized brain tumor.
But this week the 12-year-old beamed in his bedroom as he took part in our Xmas Cards For Kids campaign.
We invite children to draw or paint a special picture with their favorite festive image – and there is only one week left to participate.
Three winning designs will be made into 18,000 Christmas cards for sale in Tesco stores.
And the money raised will be donated to the charity Children With Cancer UK to buy gifts for children living with the disease this Christmas.
Yesterday Alfie’s mum Kerry Hinks praised our ‘amazing’ campaign for helping little ones like him.
Mum-of-three Kerry, 38, from Wolverhampton, said: ‘Alfie loves art so for him to step into something like this is fantastic.
“His manual function is still limited after his treatment, but he expresses himself through painting and drawing and it was one of his favorite activities when he was sick.
“He had a huge smile on his face when he signed up for your competition, but that’s typical of Alfie.
“He was always smiling and telling jokes during his treatment. I try to remind him every day how brave he was.
“He was eight years old when he started deteriorating, getting tired with headaches. I went back and forth with doctors and hospitals and I knew something was wrong, but I didn’t. didn’t think it was cancer.
“They kept telling me it was psychological and maybe he had an eating disorder, but he kept saying he felt terrible.
“The brain tumor was changing his personality and he had become withdrawn and he was walking strangely.
“Nothing showed up in his blood tests and it took 12 months to get a diagnosis.
“I took him to the hospital one day and luckily we saw an oncologist doctor who immediately admitted him for an emergency check-up.
“They found a 5cm brain tumor located in his cerebellum – it was about the size of a satsuma – but it had spread.
“He underwent a nine-hour surgery that removed 90% of the tumor.
“He had six weeks of radiotherapy, then another eight months of chemo and had to relearn how to walk, talk and eat. He lost all his hair.
“But he completed his treatment 15 months ago and he is fine. He’s back at school three days a week and he’s really happy.
“I hope he wins this competition and I want to say a big thank you to The Sun on Sunday for helping to raise awareness for children with cancer as it could help save lives.”
How to enter
Simply email Sunday [email protected] with a photo of your child’s drawing.
Make sure it is well lit and include your or your child’s name, along with their age, address and phone number, and a few words explaining why they came in.
The original design must be on A4, A5 or A6 paper.
Keep it in a safe place in case it is one of the winners and needs to be scanned for use.
- Under 18 only. Terms and conditions of application.