Sis­ter’s sac­ri­fice for brave Har­ri­son

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ATEENAGER whose younger brother has been di­ag­nosed with leukemia is hav­ing her waist-length hair cut to make a wig.

Bry­ony Booth’s sixyear-old brother Har­ri­son has spent the last five weeks at a chil­dren’s hos­pi­tal re­ceiv­ing chemo­ther­apy and steroids to help him bat­tle can­cer.

The Hasling­den High pupil, from Helmshore, is fundrais­ing for Ron­ald McDonald Char­i­ties be­cause her fam­ily has stayed in their ac­com­mo­da­tion while Har­ri­son has been on Ward 84 at Royal Manch­ester Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal.

Her 21-inch plait will be cut in front of friends af­ter Easter and sent to the Lit­tle Princess Trust to make wigs for chil­dren be­ing treated for can­cer.

Helmshore St Veron­ica’s RC Pri­mary pupil Har­ri­son was di­ag­nosed with Acute Lym­phoblas­tic Leukemia (ALL) at the end of Fe­bru­ary half term while the fam­ily were stay­ing in County Durham with their nan and grandad.

Af­ter re­ceiv­ing blood and platelet trans­fu­sions in New­cas­tle to sta­bilise him, he was trans­ferred to Manch­ester and since then the fam­ily’s life has been turned up­side down.

His par­ents Richard and Cather­ine run Broad­way Child­mind­ing in Helmshore, but one of them has had to stay with him full time with him in hos­pi­tal.

The fam­ily, in­clud­ing Alexan­der, eight, have vis­ited when­ever pos­si­ble.

Bry­ony, 13, said: “It has been hard hav­ing our fam­ily sep­a­rated, but we have man­aged to spend ev­ery week­end to­gether thanks to Ron­ald McDonald House.

“My mum has been taught how to give him his medicine and feed him us­ing a tube in his nose so he can come home when he is sta­ble, but he will have to go back to hos­pi­tal ev­ery week for chemo­ther­apy.

“He gets re­ally up­set about hav­ing his pic­ture taken be­cause he has lost his hair.

“My dad has pre­vi­ously done the Macmil­lan Brave the Shave and wanted to sup­port Har­ri­son by shav­ing his head again, but Har­ri­son didn’t want him to do it.

“He agreed for me to do it be­cause I am only hav­ing my hair cut short.

“When I was seven or eight I had my hair cut to shoul­der-length and have been grow­ing it ever since. This will be the first time I have had it so short.”

Har­ri­son will be given in­ten­sive treat­ment over the next six months and then a more gen­tle ‘main­te­nance’ treat­ment for three years.

He will then need reg­u­lar check-ups for many years.

● Bry­ony Booth is hav­ing her waist-length hair cut to make a wig for a child and (in­set) with brother Har­ri­son, six, who has been di­ag­nosed with Acute Lym­phoblas­tic Leukemia

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