Mother’s tears of joy as son goes to school after beating cancer
THE MOTHER of a four-year-old boy who fought for life after being struck down with childhood cancer neuroblastoma wept tears of joy as he started his first day at school.
Riley Hoult underwent 70 days of chemotherapy treatment at Leeds General Infirmary after the devastating diagnosis in November 2014.
Further intensive chemotherapy followed in April 2015 when Riley, of Middleton, Leeds, also underwent a stem cell transplant. He spent nine weeks in hospital and was transferred to the intensive care unit at LGI after being struck down with a lifethreatening infection. Riley underwent radiotherapy and immunotherapy treatment before his family were told he was cancer-free in July 2015. Riley’s mother Sophie, 25 – pictured with him in 2015 – dropped him off for his first day of reception classes at Sharp Lane Primary School in Middleton this week. Miss Hoult said: “I felt really proud of him. “I was fine dropping him off, but when I got home I had a cry. I was so happy for him because he is at school and he is having a normal life now.”
She added: “He is brave and strong and is an inspiration to a lot of children out there who are going through the same thing.”
Miss Hoult shared Riley’s cancer fight story on social media sites in a bid to raise awareness of neuroblastoma. In December 2014, TV personality Kim Kardashian sent Riley a message of support on Twitter, writing: “I’m praying for you little man.”
In February 2015, West Yorkshire Police launched an investigation after Twitter trolls mocked Riley as he fought the disease.