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The family of a brave schoolboy battling cancer have spoken of their ‘joy and relief’ after doctors revealed treatment to shrink an aggressive brain tumor was working.
To celebrate his good news, Cole Park was invited back to Ibrox to be the VIP mascot for Rangers’ game against Dundee United last Saturday.
The inspirational five-year-old, who has undergone neurosurgery and grueling radiotherapy, was led onto the pitch by Gers captain James Tavernier.
A recent MRI scan showed a reduction in some of the tumors on his brain and spine.
However, doctors told the family that Cole would have to endure another 11 months of chemotherapy before finally knowing how successful the treatment would be.
Mum Michelle Barrie, 36, said: “It’s the news we’ve been waiting for, although we’ve been warned that Cole still has a long way to go and we’re not out of the woods yet.
“It is a huge relief that his treatment is working and we hope that the next 11 rounds of chemo will continue to fight his cancer.
“I don’t have a prognosis, but we’re trying to stay positive and take it one day at a time.
“As a special treat, Cole was invited back to Ibrox to be the mascot and it was a dream come true for him. He met the players and was so happy when they took him on the pitch.
“He’s a huge Rangers fan and says it’s a moment he’ll never forget.
“The staff and players have been great with him and I can’t thank them all enough. A kind-hearted fan even gave Cole £100 for a ticket to the next match.
“Cole was pissed to bits and all his friends were so impressed with his big day.
The Glasgow Times previously reported that the young man was diagnosed in March with medulloblastoma, a rare form of brain tumor that affects around 55 children in the UK each year.
The next day he underwent his first surgery to try to reduce the size of the growth. A second operation followed, where doctors made the devastating discovery that there were additional tumors on the young man’s brain and spine.
Counselors told Michelle the growths were like “powdered sugar”.
Michelle, from Kirkintilloch, told how her son was recently admitted to the Royal Children’s Hospital in Glasgow after suffering seizures.
She explained: “Cole had to undergo another operation to remove the central line in his heart. He’s been having seizures and doctors think it’s because of an infection from the line.
“Cole always smiles no matter what he’s going through. He just amazes us every day and I marvel at his courage. Let’s hope this positive news gives him a big boost.
“He takes everything in his stride and knows all the hospital staff so well now. I am so grateful for the wonderful care he received. It really is our little miracle and I couldn’t be more proud.”
Michelle first noticed something was wrong with her son when he complained of sore legs and headaches.
She explained: “We never imagined it would be cancer and our world was shattered when we were told.
“It was devastating and he was rushed straight in to try and remove the tumour. He has an amazing team of surgeons, but they couldn’t get it all out without causing brain damage.
“They had to stop the operation prematurely and think about other options. Fortunately, we now know that the plan they came up with is working. It was the greatest news we could have asked for.
“Cole still faces a difficult period ahead of him and we know we can’t be too optimistic.” He is such a strong little boy and our superhero, as a family we will all keep fighting.”