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Brother's gift of life

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: November 22, 2012

Aston Bradford-Disney

Aston Bradford-Disney

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A 10-YEAR-OLD boy has been described as ‘a total hero’ after offering potentially lifesaving aid to his seriously ill younger brother.

When a programme of chemotherapy failed to rid six-year-old Aston Bradford-Disney of leukaemia, the youngster needed a bone marrow transplant to give him a chance of beating the disease.

After family members flocked to offer their assistance, Aston’s 10-year-old brother, Dane, proved to be a perfect match, and gave up his bone marrow in an operation last week.

His younger brother remains in a poorly condition in hospital, with his father, Mark Disney, from Church Gresley, a constant presence at his side.

The boys’ aunt, Sharon Hussain, from Burton, told the Mail: “Aston has handled it all amazingly and doesn’t moan or complain about anything. He’s a little superstar.

“When we were told he would need a donor we all said straight away we’d do it. It turned out two of his brothers were a perfect match, so we chose the eldest.

“Dane is a total hero but he just wanted to make his brother better.

“I’m sure when they are older they will really appreciate each other.

“For all the chemotherapy he’s had Aston has done really well, and was in remission and out running around before his operation, so to see him at the weekend and how poorly he was, it just made me cry.”

While Dane is now out of hospital, the family are anxiously monitoring Aston’s condition at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

Mrs Hussain said: “His body has got to accept the bone marrow into the system, because it’s a foreign body. It’s just a waiting game now.”

Diagnosed with leukaemia in June, the youngster has spent most of the past five months on the children’s cancer ward at Nottingham’s Queen’s Medical Centre, and his family are planning a series of fund-raising efforts to thank the staff there who cared for him.

Mrs Hussain, along with her niece, Genna Walton, and Mr Disney, will climb Mount Kilmanjaro, Africa’s highest peak, next year, with sponsorship money to be donated to the Nottingham University Hospitals Charity.

Before then, a Zumbathon will be held at Newhall Social Club, in High Street, tonight from 7pm to 9pm, with entry £10, while a cake stall will also be on offer.

On Saturday, December 1, staff at stores in Burton’s Coopers Square shopping centre will don pyjamas and ‘onesies’, while on February 9 a charity auction will be held at Derby County’s Pride Park Stadium.

Meanwhile, Mrs Hussain has been making and selling cakes and samosas at Grange Community School, in Shobnall Close, Burton, where she works one day a week as a teaching assistant.

Anyone who would like to donate to the fundraising effort can do so online at www.justgiving.com/team-aston while more information is available by calling Mrs Hussain on 07805 940378.

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