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Friends and strangers have rallied to support a schoolboy who only has months to live following a shock cancer diagnosis.

Lucas Posey-Bottomley was taken to the GP when he started being sick out of the blue.

Having initially been told not to worry, his parents pushed for more tests when Lucas started to lose his balance and his face dropped on one side.

Lucas with his mum Kim Posey
Lucas with his mum Kim Posey

An MRI scan diagnosed diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, a rare childhood cancer which is inoperable and has no cure.

The 10-year-old hasn’t yet been told of his prognosis. His parents want to create more memories before sharing the devastating news.

Lucas’ dad Jamie Bottomley said: “When the doctors said they had found a tumour on his brain it was a shock but then they said it was inoperable and it destroyed us.

Lucas Posey-Bottomley with his dad Jamie Bottomley
Lucas Posey-Bottomley with his dad Jamie Bottomley

“These days you think most cancers can be treated, but this one can’t and it’s devastating.

“Lucas knows he is poorly but we haven’t told him to what extent. He’s already miserable because he can’t do the things he wants to do.

“To tell him any more would break us.”

Lucas splits his time between living with his dad in Oakham and his mum, Kim Posey, in Wymondham.

Lucas has been diagnosed with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma which has no cure
Lucas has been diagnosed with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma which has no cure

He was a pupil at St Peter’s Primary School in the village but is now too ill to attend.

His hobbies include karate, Lego and computer games.

Lucas is part way through 13 rounds of radiotherapy with his last treatment scheduled for June 2.

Doctors have reported that radiotherapy will often alleviate the symptoms entirely for a short time before the cancer takes hold again.

The family want to make the most of the time they have left together
The family want to make the most of the time they have left together

Lucas’ family hope to use that time to fulfil some of his wishes.

Having both given up work to care for him, his parents set up a GoFundMe page which raised £20,000 in less than 48 hours.

Jamie, an electrician, said: “Lucas has been so brave. No one should have to face this, never mind a child. All we want to do is make him smile.”

The wish list includes a trip to Florida and Legoland in Denmark.

Jamie said: “The amount raised is mind-blowing. Nothing will make this easier but it’s nice to know that people care.”

Donations can be made online.



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