St Albans cancer victim inspires Race for Life

PUBLISHED: 13:03 12 March 2009 | UPDATED: 14:01 06 May 2010

Tyler with his mum Hayley (left) and her cousin Stephanie who is going to run the Race for Life

Tyler with his mum Hayley (left) and her cousin Stephanie who is going to run the Race for Life

YOUNG Tyler Hargrave s bravery throughout months of intense cancer treatment is being highlighted by a relative who will be running a charity race in his name. The 13-year-old from St Albans was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer last July after develop

YOUNG Tyler Hargrave's bravery throughout months of intense cancer treatment is being highlighted by a relative who will be running a charity race in his name.

The 13-year-old from St Albans was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer last July after developing a tumour on his leg, which was removed three weeks ago following months of chemotherapy.

But despite the tough time he has endured, the Sandringham School pupil has been praised by his family for being so brave and positive throughout the treatment.

Strong

In recognition of the inspirational teenager's courage, his mum's cousin, Stephanie Larman, will be running the Race for Life in the summer, donning a specially-made t-shirt with Tyler's name and photo.

His mum, Hayley Allum, said: "He has been really, really strong throughout and he hasn't really complained or moaned. He took it all in his stride.

"Throughout Tyler's treatment he has continued to go to school whenever possible, even when he was going through chemotherapy he would go to school with his hat on and his line in his arm."

Tyler originally developed the lump on his leg after a sporting accident and was treated with physiotherapy. But when he started playing sport again the lump reappeared.

He mentioned the lump while at the doctor for another reason and was sent for tests straight away which revealed that he had a cancer called Monophasic Synovial Sarcoma.

Speaking about his experience, Tyler, who lives in Chalkdell Fields and has two brothers, said: "It's quite tough going through chemo - it kept knocking me down, I had no energy and I couldn't get up the stairs without losing my breath. It felt like I had been in a round with Mike Tyson."

He also had some advice for other youngsters facing cancer: "Stay positive, never think of the negative side of it. Keep strong and try going to school if you can and don't worry about what people think."

Stephanie will be running the Race for Life in Stevenage on July 12 to raise money for Cancer Research. To sponsor her visit www.raceforlifesponsorme.org/ stephanielarman/

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