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Epsom boy with rare eye cancer and brother commended for bravery
A boy with a rare eye cancer and his brother have been commended for their bravery by a charity.
Christopher Payne, 8, and his brother Thomas, 5, from Bunbury Way, Epsom, have been named Childhood Eye Cancer Trust (CHECT) Champions.
Christopher was diagnosed with retinoblastoma (Rb) when he was just three years old and underwent surgery to remove his eye.
During chemotherapy his weight plummeted due side effects and at one point he weighed the same as his baby brother, then nine months old.
His mother Victoria, who nominated her sons, said: “Christopher has an amazing positive attitude to life and never draws attention to the fact he is missing something other children have.
“He has had to deal with having a false eye and more than other children his age. He’s a brave soul.”
Thomas was looked after by other people when Christopher went for check-ups but remained understanding and patient throughout.
Victoria said: “Thomas never mentions Christopher’s false left eye or draws attention to it. He loves him completely the way he is.
“We think this award will give him the credit he so deserves, having lived with a brother affected by cancer.”
Victoria said she found it very difficult after finding out Christopher had eye cancer but the 'miracle workers' at CHECT helped the family through.
She said: “It’s your worst nightmare really but you have just got to get on with it.
“Without them I don’t think I could have come out with my family intact. I can’t put a price on what they have done for my family.”
CHECT chief executive Joy Felgate said: “Every child affected by Rb faces huge disruption and upset, throughout treatment and also the many follow-on check-ups.
"This affects not just on the patient, but their siblings too.
“We are delighted to recognise the bravery and resilience both Christopher and Thomas have shown.”
The boys received medals, framed certificates and goody bags.
To find out more about the charity visit www.chect.org.uk
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