A WIDNES schoolboy who has conquered cancer celebrated his seventh birthday with two fun-filled parties.
After 1,151 days of chemotherapy, consultants confirmed that Ben Allen has been cured of acute lymphoblastic leukeamia.
He was only three when he was diagnosed and has been undergoing treatment at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.
His mum Mel, from Hough Green, said: “He loves going to hospital and loves the staff. They have been absolutely brilliant. We can’t thank them enough.
“People say how strong and amazing we have been to deal with it but until your child has that diagnosis, you don’t know how you would react.
“We’d like to thank all our family and friends for their support.”
Widnes Viking players Willie Isa, Patrick Ah Van and MacGraff Leuluai were surprise guests at a party in Cronton CE Primary School.
Ben’s favourite player, Rhys Hanbury who couldn’t be there has invited him to be a mascot at the Easter Monday derby between Widnes and St Helens.
Pupils dressed as their hero and raised £180 for Wish Upon A Star.
Money raised by schoolchildren has been shared between other charities which treat children with cancer.
Ben met jockey AP McCoy and his horse at Alder Hey as part of the Grand National celebrations.
His family and friends joined him for another party on Sunday, organised by Lisa Oakley, from Runcorn.
Lisa, aged 39, from Manor Fell, runs her own party business and charity for sick children.
She said: “I read about Ben in The World. To see his smiling face gave me a lovely little buzz.
“It is nice to give children happy memories they will keep forever.”