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Rawtenstall teenager who battled cancer celebrates with Disneyland trip
A TEENAGER who battled cancer has returned from a dream trip to Disneyland Paris.
Alex Vynne, 15, who was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma at the age of 13, travelled to the theme park for a three-day stay.
The Rawtenstall youngster, who spent eight months undergoing intensive chemotherapy treatment, is now in remission.
His father, Simon, raised £5,000 for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research with a 25-mile walk alongside cricket legend Sir Ian Botham last April.
As a result of his dad’s fundraising efforts, Alex was nominated for a holiday by the charity.
Mr Vynne, 40, said: “It was a very emotional time and was absolutely terrifying. We found out that Alex was ill by pure chance.
“He only had a cough and we went to the doctors, where he had a blood test and we were told there was something wrong and he had to go straight into hospital.”
Alex spent the next eight months in and out of the oncology ward at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.
Mr Vynne, who lives in Hollins, near Bury, added: “It was terrible but thanks to the sort of work the charity does he has now made a recovery.
“The holiday was brilliant. I will admit it is not the sort of holiday I would choose to go on but it was an unbelievable experience.
“Alex surprised us at just how strong he is. I thought because he is a bit older he wouldn’t enjoy it but he really got into the swing of it.”
My Vynne is separated from Alex’s mother, Joanne Lynch, but both travelled on the trip together with their new families, including Alex’s siblings Eliza, Jesse and Eloise.
Alex, who lives with his mother in Rawtenstall, still has check-ups every three months.
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