Oliver is hailed a hero by his family

Oliver Craig has donated his bone marrow to his sister, Phoebe, three
Oliver Craig has donated his bone marrow to his sister, Phoebe, three
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THE gift of life is probably the greatest present anyone could give.

And that is just what courageous six-year-old Oliver Craig has done.

Last year he had an operation to remove some of his bone marrow to help his little sister Phoebe, who was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia in 2012.

Oliver, who attends Queens Inclosure Primary School in Waterlooville, took it all in his stride.

Oliver’s father Scott Craig nominated his son for the ‘Hero of The Year’ and ‘Star of the family’ award in this year’s Youth Awards.

Scott, of Crookhorn Lane, Waterlooville, said: ‘Our lives changed beyond recognition as we dropped everything to support Phoebe through gruelling chemotherapy and recovery.

‘Throughout this time Oliver was her anchor to normality with his wicked sense of humour and limitless compassion.

‘Not once did he complain about the big changes he experienced in his life and continued to thrive at school.’

Scott added: ‘He was proud to be able to help his sister, telling her his “magic blood” would make her all better!

‘With his help, Phoebe has flourished since the transplant.

‘He is this family’s hero because, put simply, he saved his sister’s life.’

The deadline for Youth Awards nominations is April 24.

More nominations are needed. We are desperate for nominations for the Star of the Environment category, which recognises children who have helped the environment or wildlife.

Call Rosie Morgan on (023) 9262 2202 to request a nomination form or e-mail youthawards@thenews.co.uk.