11-year-old faces six months of cancer care

TREATMENT Aidan Outen playing on the Xbox with his grandad Les Underwood in the Piam Brown children's cancer unit

TREATMENT Aidan Outen playing on the Xbox with his grandad Les Underwood in the Piam Brown children's cancer unit

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THE family of a boy undergoing gruelling cancer treatment are holding a fun day to raise cash for the ward he is on.

Doctors discovered 11-year-old Aidan Outen had Burkitt’s leukaemia. It is a rare and aggressive form of lymphoma. When it only affects the bone marrow its classed as leukaemia.

So far, Aidan has been in hospital for 10 weeks undergoing intensive chemotherapy at the Piam Brown ward at Southampton General Hospital.

Doctors don’t expect him to be out before Christmas.

His parents Emma and Alan Outen, from Emsworth, have been constantly by his side.

Meanwhile his grandparents Beverley and Les Underwood and their other daughter Sarena Langford have been organising a fundraising event at Ditcham Crescent, Leigh Park, tomorrow.

Mrs Underwood said: ‘The staff at Piam Brown ward have been absolutely brilliant.

‘They have looked after him so well.

‘It’s hard to see Aidan the way he is. He is in a lot of pain because of the side effects of the drugs.

‘Before he fell ill he was just a normal, lovely little boy.

‘He is being so brave now. We are all so proud of him and just willing him to get better soon.’

The fun day starts at 10am and goes on until 4pm.

The money will go towards supporting the patients and their families. It will pay for trips out and filling the play room with computers and toys to keep the children occupied.

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