Bromley cancer sufferer meets his hero Lewis Hamilton
PUBLISHED: 18:00 27 May 2014
A teenager suffering from a rare form of bone cancer was given the chance to meet his hero.
Samveer (Sam) Parris, 18, of Bromley, met Lewis Hamilton at the Monaco Grand Prix on May 23.
The Formula One racing driver, who has had four successive wins this season and came second on Sunday, took time out of his preparations to show Sam around the team garage and give him the chance to try out the driving seat of his F1 car.
Sam has been diagnosed with relapsed Ewing’s Sarcoma and is undergoing intensive chemotherapy and radiotherapy for his condition.
Despite this he is determined to stay upbeat and is working hard to pass his A Level exams, after which he plans to go to University and study engineering so he can work in F1 motor racing in the future.
Starlight, a charity that grants once in a lifetime wishes for seriously and terminally ill children, arranged for brave Sam to meet his idol.
Sam said: “Lewis was simply brilliant, he let me sit in Nico’s car and told be how everything works; what he has to do during qualifying and the race and just gave me loads of one-to-one time. The steering wheel is so complicated with loads of switches and buttons. I don’t know how he manages to drive so fast with so much information to process. Lewis has made my Starlight Wish come true and for this I simply can not thank Lewis, Nico, Mercedes and Starlight enough. I want to be an engineer when I leave Uni and the last thing Lewis said to me was to give him a call when I get my degree - and I said I sure will!”