A BRAVE youngster battling a brain tumour has his fingers crossed that a scan this month will bring good news.
Cory Davison, of Pecket Close in Blyth, was diagnosed with a tumour the size of a plum wrapped around his brain stem last February.
The brave seven-year-old underwent a six-hour operation to remove the tumour, spending several days in intensive care before undergoing gruelling radiotherapy.
Now, after 11 months of treatment, Cory is preparing for a scan, and dad Steven is hopeful that it will yield positive results, kick-starting a happier 2012 for his son.
“He’s got a big scan coming up, and we are hoping it will spell remission for Cory,” he said.
“We have been in talks with Cory’s consultant this week, and we are confident about his scan.
“It is all happening this year. It’s going to be Cory’s road to recovery, and Donna is due in July, so Cory will have a new baby brother or sister.”
Despite months of hospital treatment, Cory has been working hard to raise money for good causes, and he arranged a festive treat for children forced to spend Christmas on the same hospital ward that looked after him after he underwent surgery last year.
On Christmas Day, he and his family delivered presents donated by well-wishers to children on ward four at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary.
Steven said: “It was the best Christmas I have ever had. We were there for about five hours giving out presents and went round every child.
“Cory worked really hard too, like a proper elf, and it was fantastic to see all their faces.”
Cory’s Christmas gift handout exceeded all expectations, culminating in a charity night at Blyth Spartans’ clubhouse at which gifts from across the region were dropped off to boost the appeal.
Steven added: “Everyone at the hospital was really touched by what we did.
“We had to get help from hospital porters to bring the presents in because there was just so much.
“We never imagined the appeal would be so big. There was about £60 worth of presents in each bag for each child.”