THE family of a Leeds toddler battling rare childhood cancer neuroblastoma are anxiously waiting to discover if he will be well enough to spend Christmas Day at home.
Brave 21-month-old Riley Hoult, of Middleton, is undergoing chemotherapy at Leeds General Infirmary after being diagnosed with the illness at the end of November.
Riley was due to start his latest 48-hour chemotherapy session at LGI at 6am this morning.
His mother Sophie, 20, said: “They are hoping to get us out at 9am in the morning on Christmas Day, fingers crossed. It all depends on his temperature if we can go home on Christmas Day or not.
“We are just going to have a family Christmas and if we are at the hospital we are going to try and make it as special as we can for him.”
Miss Hoult is sharing her son’s cancer fight story on social media sites in a bid to raise awareness of neuroblastoma.
Moire than 4,400 people have ‘liked’ the ‘Rileys Journey’ Facebook page.
Miss Hoult wrote on Facebook of the day she was told Riley had cancer: “I just sat there crying thinking about all the things me and Riley had done together but then I’d think about all the things we haven’t done together....Why did it have to be us?”
TV personality Kim Kardashian sent Riley a message of support on Twitter, writing: ‘I’m praying for you little man.’
Riley’s grandmother Leigh Hoult, 46, said: “We are hoping he can come home if everything is OK on Christmas Day morning. I don’t think he will be up to eating much, but he has got lots of presents.
“He has got all sorts of Mr Tumble presents and he likes Mickey Mouse and arts and crafts. We are just hoping he does manage to get home for Christmas and can spend some time at home.
“They have said its going to be a year-long process with 70 to 80 days of chemotherapy followed by surgery to remove tumours. He has got quite a lot of tumours.
“It started in is adrenal gland. The main reason Sophie took him to the doctors was because his eye was swollen. He has got tumours behind his eye and in his face.
“He is really up and down. He is not two yet. He can’t tell us when he is in pain, but you can tell by the way he cries.”
Mrs Hoult added: “Hopefully he will respond to treatment. We are remaining positive.
“He is lovely. He is usually just really happy. He runs around and he’s got a little shopping trolley likes pushing around.”
To follow Riley’s story, go to facebook.com/RileysJourneyxo