Adam battles to overcome brain tumour

Adam Garswood with Sale Sharks players Andrew Sheridan (left) and Mark Cueto
Adam Garswood with Sale Sharks players Andrew Sheridan (left) and Mark Cueto

A YOUNG Saints fan has been visited by a string of sporting stars as he battles to overcome a brain tumour.

Adam Garswood, 13, was delighted to get the chance to interview England rugby union stars Andrew Sheridan and Mark Cueto on TV in between bouts of radiotherapy at the Christie Hospital in Manchester.

The youngster also recently came face to face with Manchester Utd stars Nani, Patrice Evra, Ji Sung Park and Bebe on a separate hospital visit.

Adam’s dad, Stuart, told how the tough youngster was diagnosed with medulloblastoma in October after his health deteriorated quickly.

He said: “Adam was sent home from school being sick and we all thought it was just a virus. But it got progressively worse and doctors initially thought he might have meningitis.

“When it got even worse they thought he might have labyrinthitis. But after Adam collapsed in the bathroom we took him to A and E and they worked out straight away what it was.

“He was transferred to Manchester Children’s Hospital that night, had a series of scans the following morning and was then operated on to remove the tumour. After a couple of days in intensive care he was back on his feet. Everyone was amazed at the speed of his recovery.

“Now, because the tumour was cancerous, the doctors need to make sure it’s gone for good. Adam has been undergoing five radiotherapy treatments a week for the last six weeks and will start nine months of chemotherapy this month.

“Adam’s a strong character who just gets on with things. He’s already asking when he will be able to play football and go swimming again. But it was nice for us all to have a bit of a break over Christmas and relax for the first time in months.”

Adam, who attends Hawkley Hall High in Wigan, jumped at the opportunity to interview Sale Sharks, England and British Lions players Andrew Sheridan and Mark Cueto when Sky Sports News joined the players on a pre Christmas visit to the Christie.

His interview was then replayed time and again on the channel for everyone to see!

Amazingly, it’s not the first time Adam has hit the headlines either.

Back in the week he was born he was featured for weighing in at just 1lb 12oz after he was born prematurely.

Dad Stuart, 39, added: “Sky Sports News is one of Adam’s favourite TV channels. He always has it on because he’s mad about sport. I think it made his Christmas getting to interview the Sale Sharks players. It was a bit of a dream for him because it’s something he might want to go into in the future.

“The players are absolutely fantastic with the patients when they come into the Christie too. They really take their time with them and you can see the boost it gives to all the youngsters – many who are really seriously ill.”