Celebrity chef praises Addenbrooke's Hospital for saving baby son's life

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Celebrity Chef Jean Christophe Novelli has praised Addenbrooke's Hospital for saving his baby son's life after he was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a rare cancer. 

Valentino was six weeks old when his mum Michelle found a lump on his

neck during feeding.

An MRI scan revealed he had stage-four neuroblastoma, a rare cancer of nerve cells, which had spread around his body. It usually affects under-fives.

The youngster was referred to Addenbrooke’s straight away where he underwent two years of intense treatment, including chemotherapy.

He is now cancer free.

  • Watch Jean Christophe Novelli's full interview below:

Mum Michelle with baby Valentino. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Luton-based chef is now launching the Cancer Research UK Star awards for children and young people celebrating the courage of children diagnosed with cancer. 

Star Awards poster. Credit: ITV News Anglia

To celebrate the launch of the awards, Jean-Christophe held a special festive cook along with a small group of children who are undergoing or have recently completed treatment.

  • Watch the video below to see how seven-year-old Edith got on with her cook along:

The awards, run in partnership with TX Maxx, are open to all under-18s who have been diagnosed with cancer in the last five years.

You can head to the Cancer Research UK website to nominate a star.


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