Eamon will visit Disneyland and switch on Christmas lights in town

Preparing to switch Rugby Christmas lights on.
Preparing to switch Rugby Christmas lights on.

A WISH has been granted for a little boy from Bilton who has battled leukaemia.

Eamon Donnison, seven, is looking forward to meeting his hero Mickey Mouse when he visits Disneyland Paris next week.

It’s a family holiday his mother thought he might never see.

Eamon was diganosed with acute myeloid leukaemia in 2009.

Mum Sam, of Nelson Way, said: “Eamon’s main symptoms were lots of bruising.

“I’ll never forget being told that it was leukaemia. I’ll be honest, when I heard the ‘c’ word I thought that was it.”

But Eamon is a fighter. Sam added: “In September we got told that Eamon was in full remission.

“It’s like a dream come true. The relief you feel as a mother is incredible.”

Now the family is looking forward to a much-deserved holiday in Disneyland Paris.

The three day trip is being funded by Starlight, the UK’s leading wish granting charity for children with serious and terminal illnesses.

It is part of the charity’s Christmas of Happiness campaign.

Sam, who has a partner Scott and two other sons Tyler, nine, and Latham, 11 months, said: “Eamon has been fantastic throughout his illness.

“We are all so proud of him. He has shown such strength and courage and really deserves this holiday.”

Eamon, who attends Abbots Farm Junior School, will also have the honour of switching on Rugby’s Christmas lights at 5pm on Sunday.

He said: “I can’t wait to go to Disneyland. The bit I am looking forward to the most is meeting Mickey Mouse, I love him.”

Eamon said turning on the Christmas lights in the town will be lots of fun.

“I have been a brave boy so I am really excited about turning on the Christmas lights,” he added.

Over 100,000 children will spend time in hospitals and hospices this Christmas and the Starlight campaign aims to grant magical wishes and provide festive entertainment in hospitals for lots of brave children like Eamon.

To refer a brave child like Eamon to Starlight for a wish or for more information on Starlight’s Christmas of Happiness Campaign, visit http://www.starlight.org.uk/christmas/2012