Brave Kris star of show

Kristopher Turner, nine, from South Shore, with television present Matt Johnson at the Cancer Research Awards
Kristopher Turner, nine, from South Shore, with television present Matt Johnson at the Cancer Research Awards
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A brave Blackpool boy who has battled overwhelming odds to survive cancer was the star of the show at a special party.

Nine-year-old Kristopher Turner, from South Shore, Blackpool, was diagnosed with a form of leukaemia in 2013.

It left him needing a bone marrow transplant from his sister Lacey, 16, to recover – and on Saturday Kris was one of 20 children invited to a celebration at the Cancer Research UK Kids and Teens Star Awards party in London.

The pair met famous names including Good Morning Britain presenter Charlotte Hawkins, former Pussycat Doll Kimberly 
Wyatt and TV presenter Matt Johnson.

Kristopher’s mum Linda Turner, 45, said: “We had a brilliant day.

“Kristopher enjoyed being treated like a superstar and Lacey has enjoyed meeting all the celebrities.

“It’s nice for them to have some fun. Kristopher has had to spend so much time in hospital or at home during his chemotherapy and Lacey has been doing her exams so this is a nice treat for them both after all they’ve been through.

“We’re very proud of them.”

Kristopher’s cancer was first revealed when he lost weight and started getting tired.

Linda took Kristopher to the doctors and asked for a blood test. The next morning Kristopher was sent to Blackpool Victoria Hospital for another blood test and that’s when doctors told Kristopher’s parents, Linda and Chris, they suspected he had acute myeloid leukaemia.

Kristopher was transferred to Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital for chemotherapy treatment.

A year on from his diagnosis, Kristopher suffered a relapse. His family underwent testing to see if they could help him and Lacey, 16, turned out to be a perfect bone marrow match.

Kristopher has now finished his treatment, has regular check-ups and is doing well.

Alison Barbuti, Cancer Research UK spokesman for Lancashire, said: “It was fantastic to see Kristopher’s smile light up as he took part in our stars and space themed party and met lots of celebrities.

“The Kids and Teens Star Awards party is a truly inspiring event and it is a privilege to be able to recognise children diagnosed with cancer, like Kristopher, who shine with courage.”