Eight year old fighting back against cancer through karate

Henry Thomas (8) has gained his karate orange belt despite being diagnosed with leukaemia.

Henry Thomas (8) has gained his karate orange belt despite being diagnosed with leukaemia. PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

An eight year old from Raveningham is fighting back against cancer and is trying to life a normal life with the help of karate.

In January 2016, Henry Thomas' life was dramatically turned upside down when he was diagnosed with leukaemia.

He now has to undergo daily chemotherapy treatments for three years to help beat the disease.

But Henry is fighting back against the illness, achieving his orange belt in karate back in October.

He is now back at school and despite being very ill, is living life to its fullest.

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His mum Sarah said: 'It has been a really tough time for the family but Henry has been a really strong boy.

'Of course he is very ill and he is not too aware of what the illness is.

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'But he has been incredibly strong and resilient throughout the whole ordeal.

'He always loved his karate before the illness but he had to stop for awhile as he was left unable to walk for a little bit.

'But he started going back and he loves it there. He was so proud when he got his orange belt and it's such a testament to him how strong he is and he won't let the illness stop him from doing something he loves so much.

'He now wants to push on to aim for the bigger belts.'

After being diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, Henry was taken to the Addenbrooke's Hospital.

During the two week stay there, Mrs Thomas and her husband David received help from the on-site Acorn House which meant both of them could stay there.

Mrs Thomas said: 'We were not aware of Acorn House before we got there and we were incredibly moved by the support from them.

'We were able to stay there until Henry was discharged and they provided us both with such a great deal of support through that time.'

The family also received help from the Clic Sargent charity.

David Thomas is to do a run to raise money for Clic Sargent later this year.

To help donate to the cause visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/David-Thomas115

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