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Brave boy's trip of a lifetime

PUBLISHED: 17:26 01 October 2008 | UPDATED: 11:34 12 August 2010

Dream come true: Christopher McGowen

Dream come true: Christopher McGowen

A FIVE-YEAR-OLD boy who was seriously ill had the wish of a lifetime granted when he visited Disneyland. Christopher McGowan, from Bromley, was diagnosed with Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in May 2005 when he was just two years old. His condition mean

A FIVE-YEAR-OLD boy who was seriously ill had the wish of a lifetime granted when he visited Disneyland.

Christopher McGowan, from Bromley, was diagnosed with Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in May 2005 when he was just two years old.

His condition meant that he missed out on many of his usual activities like school and going on holiday.

Charity Starlight Children's Foundation, which grants once-in-a-lifetime wishes to seriously and terminally ill children, organised his visit Disneyland Paris with his parents and three brothers.

They spent three days at the beginning of September exploring the park, going on rides and meeting all of their favourite Disney characters.

Mum Carol McGowen said: "Christopher's favourite characters are the baddies and he loves Captain Hook, so was really happy when he saw him in the parade. After everything he has been through, this holiday gave us a chance to spend some worry free time together." Fortunately Christopher completed his treatment last month and is getting back to his normal way of life. He has gone back to start the new school year at Raglan School Primary, in Raglan Road, Bromley. There are 26 children in Kent waiting for their wishes to be granted. To make a donation, visit www.starlight.org.uk or call 020 7262 2881. For every £1 donated, Starlight guarantees that 90p goes towards helping Starlight children.

katherine.nelson@archant.co.uk

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