DEVOTED parents are hoping to raise £50,000 to help treat their much loved son Micky who has a rare form of leukaemia.

Micky Bennett, 11, was diagnosed with T Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia in July.

Parents Lisa and David Bennett, 40, and 35, of Basildon, were told this form of cancer was particularly aggressive and treatment is limited, having sought a second opinion.

Mum Lisa took him to hospital after he slept for 24 hours non-stop.

The previously energetic motocross rider was becoming more tired and suffering from a range of symptoms.

She said: “We knew something was seriously wrong, but never did we imagine cancer.

“Within four hours of being seen at St. George’s, Micky was diagnosed with cancer and sent to Great Ormond Street by blue light. I was absolutely numb – devastated. My dad was broken, I’ve never seen him cry in my life. We were all crying, but I had to pull myself together and take control as his mum.

Micky is currently receiving chemotherapy at Great Ormond Street Hospital but his best chance of survival is a stem cell transplant where he will need a donor to come forward. The family are teaming up with the Anthony Nolan foundation to appeal for people to register to find a match to potentially save Micky’s life.

Lisa added: “Micky is just amazing – he’s my hero. The way he’s handled this is phenomenal, he’s never moaned. He even still thinks about others before himself. He’s one of the older ones at GOSH and is always helping the little ones.

“Our appeal for a transplant is our last hope and not only are we doing this for Micky but for the thousands of other children needing a donor.”

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