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Brave boy is battling cancer for the THIRD time

Braiden Prescott Photo: MEN Syndication

Family and friends of a six-year-old boy battling cancer for the third time are appealing for help to plan him a party to remember.

Braiden Prescott was just two years old when he was first diagnosed with neuroblastoma.

He underwent chemotherapy, surgery, a stem cell transplant, radiotherapy and in 2012 £250,000 was raised to send him to America for immunotherapy.

Braiden Prescot, right Credit: MEN Syndication

Despite this, after nine weeks he relapsed and was flown back home for more chemotherapy. By September 2013 he was back in remission but then in December last year his parents Stephanie and Wayne were told the devastating news it had returned.

Braiden with family Credit: MEN Syndication

They’ve now been told that while they can treat Braiden’s symptoms - giving him further radiation therapy - there is no cure and they don’t know how long they have left with their precious boy.

While having the treatment Braiden has to spend days secluded from his family. Following a six-day stint at The Christie Hospital, the youngster has just returned to his home in Ince, Wigan , with his parents and two younger brothers.

Mum Steph, 25, said:

They’ve told us they can only treat the symptoms now, there’s no cure. We tried more chemo but it didn’t work, and here we are just finished our first round of Mibg therapy.

They inject him with a very high dose of radioactive material, it attaches itself to the neuroblastoma and fights it. He has to be secluded in a lead lined room for days with no contact as he’s highly radioactive.

With this treatment he wasn’t feeling too well anyway so he just slept through it all. We just have to get on with it and hope and pray it’s working.

– Steph Prescott

As well as coping with what Braiden is going through, Steph and Wayne have their two other young sons to look after, Tyler, five, and two-year-old Kody.

Steph added:

We can’t explain it to them, we just tell them he’s poorly and has to go into hospital for a bit.

– Steph Prescott

Friend Mindy Johnstone is helping them to plan a special party for Braiden’s seventh birthday on August 7.

They have now found a venue - Whelley Labour Club - and have had some offers of support from people offering to make cakes and balloons. As well as appealing for help - including a limousine and chair covers for SpongeBob SquarePants fan Braiden - Mindy is asking people to send birthday cards to him, as he loves receiving mail.

For the last few years he has been getting letters of support from one woman in America who saw Braiden’s fundraising page and sends him stickers and activity sheets.

Mindy, from Platt Bridge, said:

Braiden is such a lovely boy and no child should have to go through this. I don’t know how they’ve all got through it.

I just want to make it really special and bring a smile to his face. The other day he was showing me some cards he’s received and asking me to read them.

He’s had to go through this three times now and it just makes you realise how lucky you are. I’ve got three children and I just can’t imagine dealing with something like this.

– Mindy Johnstone

Steph added:

Me and Mindy spoke about doing Braiden a party at home, then said we’d use a venue instead.

Mindy asked on a selling page if people would help with balloons and bouncy castles and it's just spiralled into a fun day and birthday party with people asking to come.

This party means a lot to us because we just don’t know how long we have with him. It could be his last birthday.

– Steph Prescott