A young Gainsborough boy who was diagnosed with a rare form of muscle cancer at four-years-old has been given an award recognising brave, inspirational and strong children with soldier parents.
Alfie Williams, 6, has been named ‘Little Trooper of the Month’ by national charity My Daddy is a Soldier Adventures in its initiative that recognises a child a month throughout 2014 that has been exceptionally brave, special and inspirational against all odds.
Alfie was diagnosed in November 2012 at four-years-old, with stage 4 Rhabdomyosarcoma, which is a rare form of muscle cancer with less than 60 children a year getting diagnosed.
His prognosis is still very poor but initially the Williams family were told that he may not live past six months old.
Alfie is still fighting the illness today even after enduring months of intensive chemotherapy and 25 days of Radiotherapy and is now currently on maintenance chemotherapy daily which is designed to stop any distant cancer cells around his body getting a footing again.
Alfie still has a primary tumour which is of concern and the family remain ever hopeful that this will not increase in size as surgery is not viable.
Alfie’s mum, Samantha, said: “Alfie remains an inspiration to us all as a family as he takes his medication and weekly hospital trips all in his stride.”
“He is so full of life and is always smiling even though he has such a serious condition with an uncertain future, on occasion we have to remind ourselves that he is poorly.”
“Alfie was so happy to be nominated for the ‘Little Trooper of the Month’ award and is looking forward to taking his medal into school to show his friends and teachers.”
“We would just like to thank everyone at My Daddy is a Soldier Adventures for picking Alfie.”
Alfie’s father, Gaz Williams, is a serving British Army solider, a Warrant Officer in the Royal Artillery.
Alfie will receive a unique specially commissioned medal, a certificate of recognition, a charity goodie bag and a cinema voucher to enable all the family to have a day out.
Founder of the charity, Louise Fetigan, said: “Little superstar Alfie is such a deserving winner of this award, his story touched our hearts.”