A teenager who is in remission after being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma joined fellow survivors in a sail around the Solent.
Liam Earwicker, 14, was diagnosed in September last year after doctors found lumps in his tummy, but he has beaten the disease after a course of gruelling chemotherapy at the John Radcliffe Hospital.
In August, the teen joined 25 other survivors between the age of 8 and 18 in a four-day sail around the Southampton Solent on a trip arranged by the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust.
The youngsters were treated to a visit from Dame Ellen herself for one day as they navigated the waters on a 48ft yacht, stopping at Yarmouth Harbour and the picturesque Newton Creek for a BBQ. The trust, which was set up in 2003, gives children recovering from cancer the opportunity to build up their confidence through sailing.
Liam, of Queens Close, Thame, said: “It was really good fun, and I met a lot of new friends.”
The stoic Lord Williams’s School pupil describes how his ordeal began: “It all started off with a cough, but when they told me I had cancer, it didn’t really affect me. I just got on with it.”
The teen, who wants to be a mechanic when he is older, was told he is in remission last December and is now back at school.
Liam, who lives with his mum Sarah, dad Graham and 18-year-old sister Kiaya, said: “My family were amazing. They were there for me every step of the way.”