Transplant Drew’s right on track . . .
PUBLISHED: 18:19 05 May 2010 | UPDATED: 15:39 16 August 2010
A BRAVE seven-year-old boy who is recovering from leukaemia has driven round two famous race courses – and still has a third to go.
A BRAVE seven-year-old boy who is recovering from leukaemia has driven round two famous race courses - and still has a third to go.
Drew James, who lives with his mother Debbie at Claremont Road, Hextable, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia in May 2007.
Despite going into remission, he relapsed in October 2008 and had to have a bone marrow transplant the following February, which, his family pray, has been successful.
Last Tuesday, he was driven round Silverstone, Northamptonshire, in an event organised by Ferrari and the Starlight Children's Foundation charity.
And Bromley-born racer Tony Gilham, who competed in the Porsche Carrera Cup at Brands Hatch this weekend, invited Drew to do drive him around the historic circuit in between races this Sunday.
His third and final lap will take him to Monaco in France for the Grand Prix on May 13.
Mrs James said: "It's been absolutely superb, it has totally blown us away. He ended up doing three laps at Silverstone! And they were treating him like a VIP the whole time, he had such a good time.
"There's only more to go now!"
Pro-am1 racer Mr Gilham, drove Drew around Brands Hatch during the lunch hour at the Carrera Cup, so there was around 30,000 people looking on.
Mrs James said: "There were so many people watching, it was just amazing."
Drew was treated at Great Ormond Street hospital and now gets visits from staff at North Kent charity EllenorLions hospice and Respite.
He has to avoid large groups of people, can only eat certain foods and can't go anywhere without his medication.
But Mrs James says she is hopeful that he'll be back at school by September.
She added: "The one thing I'd really like to say is that it's so important to donate, because it really can save lives."
Visit www.anthonynolan.org.uk or www.blood.co.uk to donate.
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