Brave Corey’s remission joy

Scan boost: Corey Ashcroft
Scan boost: Corey Ashcroft

A brave youngster being treated for a rare form of cancer in America has reached a major milestone as crucial scan results revealed he is now in remission.

Corey Ashcroft, three, of Eccleston, Chorley, was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a rare and aggressive form of childhood cancer, in April last year after his mum noticed his stomach felt unusually firm.

He is currently in the US with his family receiving treatment at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia after well-wishers raised more than £250,000 for the treatment, which is more advanced and has a lower risk of relapse.

Corey’s family were on tenterhooks waiting for the results of his mid-treatment scans and have spoken of their huge relief after the results showed Corey is cancer-free and is in complete remission.

Julia White, Corey’s aunt, who is currently in America to support Corey’s parents Joanna and Craig, says she burst into tears of emotional joy when she heard the news.

She said: “Pure relief doesn’t even get close to describing how we feel.

“We knew that with the flip of a coin, we would either hear we were one step closer to our hopes and dreams of watching our precious babe grow up - or the unthinkable, that the disease was back.

“We are just so happy that it was the news we were waiting for and hopefully, Corey will carry on fighting and making a great recovery.”

Corey’s mum Joanna said: “I really could not have got through this without the strength I draw from my family.

“I found the wait for the scans results torturous and complete fear took over.

“These amazing results have given us a real boost and our heart goes out to other neuroblastoma families still awaiting results.”

Corey and his family are set to remain in America until around May.