A brave Auchtertool schoolboy who lost a kidney to cancer has been honoured at a special reception during a VIP visit to Downing Street.
Milo Carter (5) was the guest of honour at the event, hosted by Samantha Cameron, to launch Cancer Research UK’s new fundraising campaign, Kids and Teens.
Milo joined 20 youngsters from across the UK - all diagnosed with cancer - who visited Number 10 to have their courage recognised and help raise awareness of the urgent need to boost funds for research.
Milo’s mum, Sarah (37), said: “Milo needed the highest dose of chemotherapy and radiotherapy they could give.
“Milo’s left kidney was twice the size it’s meant to be.
“It was huge and he had three tumours in his second kidney as well as tumours in the main vein leading up to his heart. But nothing knocks Milo. I call him my little Tonka truck as he just keeps going. I’m so proud of him.”
She continued: “It’s been the most amazing, emotional trip and we’ve loved every moment of it.
“Milo managed to start primary one chemotherapy free and is loving being at school.
“His energy levels are picking up, he’s learning to ride his bike and has just started swimming lessons. All things he wasn’t able to do while on treatment.
“Going to 10 Downing Street was an unforgettable experience for so many reasons, but, most importantly, because, through supporting Cancer Research UK, we can help to spare other children and families from this devastating disease in the future.”
She added: “Success stories like Milo’s would not be possible without the charity’s life-saving work which in turn relies on everyone who raises funds, so we hope people will really get behind this crucial campaign.”
Lisa Adams, Cancer Research UK spokesman for Scotland, said: “Sadly, not every youngster survives but we continue to fight for every child and every family and hope to double the amount we spend on children’s and young people’s cancers in the next 5-10 years. We’re extremely grateful for the support of Milo’s family and to Samantha Cameron in helping to highlight the power of research in beating the disease.”