Mum’s trib­ute to her lit­tle ray of sun­shine

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AMUM from Run­corn has paid trib­ute to her ‘lit­tle ray of sun­shine’ ahead of what would have been her son’s 13th birth­day.

Brave lit­tle Jack Brod­er­ick was di­ag­nosed with a rare form of cancer when he was six years old.

Mum Vicki said she no­ticed her son’s face had swollen up and took him to the doc­tors who pre­scribed an­tibi­otics for an in­fec­tion.

How­ever, when the swelling didn’t re­duce the 39-year-old took her son to Alder Hey Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal where doc­tors im­me­di­ately di­ag­nosed Rhab­domyosar­coma.

The can­cer­ous tu­mour had al­ready spread to his lungs and he be­gan an in­ten­sive course of chemo­ther­apy.

Dur­ing his treat­ment mum Vicki said Jack would ‘never whinge’ and even looked for­ward to go­ing to hospi­tal.

She said: “He used to look for­ward to go­ing in to Alder Hey to ‘have a sleep­over’ he would say, even though it was for chemo­ther­apy.

“That is how com­fort­able the nurses used to make him.

“He was a lit­tle ray of sun­shine and like no other per­son. “He was just amaz­ing.” Vicki, from Run­corn, said her son would al­ways bounce back from treat­ment and even beat cancer and was in re­mis­sion for six months.

How­ever, the cancer re­turned and sadly, on March 24, 2016, Jack passed away.

Be­fore he died Vicki said she made ‘lovely mem­o­ries’ with her son, in­clud­ing go­ing to La­p­land.

Re­mem­ber­ing her son, she said: “He was so hand­some, such a good look­ing lit­tle boy and just an ab­so­lute joy to be around.

“I re­mem­ber he had three days of in­ten­sive chemo­ther­apy and when we got home he just went out and played on his bike straight away.

“He was al­ways do­ing things, he was very ad­ven­tur­ous and we have lovely mem­o­ries of him.”

Vicki said to­wards the end Jack did speak of dy­ing which she said was ‘to­tally heartwrench­ing’.

She added: “To­wards the end he asked ‘if he was go­ing to die’ and I had to say yes, which was just hor­ren­dous.

“He would say he was too young to die and he hadn’t fin­ished school yet and had ‘ a mil­lion and one things he wanted to do.’

“I just said ‘don’t worry, heaven’s got ev­ery­thing you dream of’.

“He had an amaz­ing life and even when he was go­ing through treat­ment he would walk around the ward and say what the other chil­dren were go­ing through was worse.

“I was proud to be his mum.”

Vicki said the team at Alder Hey went above and beyond to care for her son and ‘never gave up hope’.

She said: “They are real life an­gels.

“For Jack to say that he wanted to go back there just proves what an amaz­ing place it is.

“They tried ev­ery­thing for Jack, ev­ery trial they could and even at the end they never gave up hope – none of us did.”

Christ­mas was al­ways a spe­cial time for Jack – who was born on De­cem­ber 28, and Vicki said the fam­ily would al­ways make a big deal of it.

His un­cle Marc and his wife Laura Khanna each year used to dec­o­rate their house with lights, which Vicki said Jack ‘loved’.

This year, as a way of re­mem­ber­ing Jack and giv­ing back to Alder Hey, they ar­ranged a fundraiser Christ­mas house light switch-on.

And so far they have raised £240 of their £500 tar­get.

Vicki said: “Jack loved his un­cle Marc and loved the Christ­mas lights.

“Marc was try­ing to find a way of giv­ing back to Alder Hey and came up with the idea of hav­ing a Christ­mas light switch-on.

“So now ev­ery­one can come and see it and it is a way of re­mem­ber­ing Jack.”

To do­nate to Alder Hey in Jack’s mem­ory visit www.just­giv­ing. com and search for ‘2018 Liver­pool Christ­mas Lights – 22 Spring­wood Av­enue L19 4TX’.

Vicki Brod­er­ick with her son Jack

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