A YOUNGSTER is pressing ahead with his plans to celebrate overcoming a life-threatening brain tumour by raising funds to help other children in similar conditions.
Cory Davison, of Blyth, is in remission after undergoing chemotherapy to treat an aggressive tumour wrapped around his brain stem.
And now the seven-year-old, pictured, and his family are supporting Charlie Bear for Cancer Care by holding a festival fun day.
The charity is aiming to raise £3m to buy new equipment for the cancer treatment centre at Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital.
Cory’s dad Steven said: “The objective is to raise money to bring the latest technology to the Freeman Hospital.
“Cyber-surgery is used down south but not in the north, so our aim is to raise as much money as possible, and the Charlie Bear for Cancer Care campaign is aiming to raise £3m.
“If we hit the target, hopefully that and government funding will get the machine put in the Freeman.
“It’s a great machine because the side-effects are reduced and it reduces the number of surgeries as it can target tumours more specifically, getting rid of them without invasive surgery.
“Cory didn’t get the opportunity to use this technology, but if it had been in the north east, it would have helped him through his brain tumour ordeal greatly.”
The youngster’s family have organised a string of fundraising events including the festival fun day – featuring the now-annual Cory United Cup, to take place at Blyth Town’s ground at South Newsham playing fields on Monday, May 7 – along with an 11-a-side tournament.
Steven added: “Charlie Bear really supported Cory when he was in hospital, so this is his way of helping others like him.”
The festival fun day runs from 10am to 11pm, with the first of nine football matches kicking off at 10.30am.
A beer festival will be open from 11am, and the music festival will start at 3pm.