AN ANGLESEY woman told of her grandson’s heroic fight against leukemia.
James Duffy, aged five, was due to be treated at Alder Hey yesterday (Wednesday, October 31) for an infection contracted from the line which transfers his chemotherapy and medication to his body.
Carys Duffy, aged 59, said: “ James has coped really well - he’s never complained as we’re really proud of him.”
James was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia around a year and a half ago.
Carys said James’ battle had brought the family closer together.
She added: “All you have to do is think positively, otherwise you wouldn’t cope.”
James has already endured a week of treatment at Ysbyty Gwynedd, and another six days as an outpatient, for the infection.
He faces another four years of treatment for his leukemia and three years of monitoring afterwards if the treatment is successsful.
Little James has made a good start as a pupil at Ysgol Rhoscolyn, according to Carys.
Carys also thanked the school for their support during James’ ordeal.
Carys paid tribute to the staff at Alder Hey and Ronald McDonald House in Liverpool, where James family have stayed during his treatment.
She said: “The care that James got at Alder Hey was second to none.
“They are the most caring and passionate people, who never falter or give up and treat many children from over the country.
She added: “They have been so good and we just want to give something back.”
Carys thanked residents who supported James, his younger brother Kyron and parents Mark Duffy and Naomi Gillyeat.
The family raised around £3,000 for Alder Hey with a fundraiser at Holyhead Football Club last year.
Carys added that another fundraising party, with live music and a disco, would be held at the club on Saturday, December 21.
Tickets are £7.50 from Carys on 0776 965 6959 or her brother David Hughes on 0789 984 0968.