Doug Rogers, U13s Reds Manager writes “Many of you will know that U13s Reds player, Mykie, was diagnosed with bone cancer in October 2017. A few weeks later he started his first of many cycles of chemotherapy treatment which resulted in him spending nights and weeks away from home. Addenbrookes became his second home. While the side effects of chemotherapy which made him a very ill little boy at times, Mykie also picked up many infections along the way and had to have several blood transfusions too. Throughout all this though he kept positive, along with his family, and dealt with this unexpected and devastating journey like a real trooper.
Shortly before Christmas 2017 Mykie and his family got the news they were hoping for – the treatment was working, and his tumour had significantly reduced in size. There was still a long road to go through and after taking a turn for the worse, Mykie ended up spending Christmas in hospital. The day itself started off as no other young lad would expect with another blood transfusion and an allergic reaction to medication which left him in lots of pain. Mykie stayed strong and within a few days he was ready for fifth cycle of his chemotherapy.
After further cycles of chemotherapy Mykie was ready for surgery in April last year. Just before this Mykie and his family had been given the wonderful news that his tumour had shrunk significantly more since December. While surgery went well Mykie had to have the main nerve in his leg removed which could result in a limp and drop foot; his family expressed this was a small price to pay though to have their boy with them. Still within four days he was up in his wheelchair, out in the gardens of the hospital and playing with a football full of smiles, even if it was just heading it.
In May 2018 Mykie and his family learnt that his tumour was 95% dead and he wouldn’t need radiotherapy, he was on cycle ten of his chemotherapy treatment now with only another five needed to get him cancer free. The following month Mykie was excited to be joining his team mates for Lawford’s Football Awards. The day didn’t start well with spike in his temperature and visit to hospital but with the determination Mykie had showed throughout, a trip to hospital in the morning due to a spiked temperature this was not going to hold him back. He made the team’s presentation where he picked up his participation trophy and the seasons well deserved ‘bravest player’ award. It was lovely to see Mykie, making the day that year even more special. The boys, parents and manager were overjoyed to have him back as part of the team and couldn’t wait to have him on the pitch with them in the near future.
June 26th 2018 was another milestone in Mykie’s recovery as he was allowed to put weight on his leg for the first time and learn to walk again without any aid. The biggest milestone was yet to come through. On 6th July 2018 Mykie rang the bell to say he was now cancer free. A very emotional day for Mykie and his family. The strength that little boy showed throughout was amazing and a testament to him and his family and this was the moment they were hoping and waiting for. Although regular scans and tests would be needed, by January of this year Mykie was now on 4 monthly appointments due to them all coming back with positive results.
Throughout this unexpected and emotional journey Mykie’s family said he has been a real warrior and made them proud every single day with the strength, determination and courage he showed. Just 18 months after his diagnoses, to the delight of everyone, Mykie was back with his teammates on the pitch. In a friendly game against Coggeshall U13 Reds, Mykie amazed us with his performance coming very close to scoring several times in the team’s 3-1 win. It was a proud and unforgettable moment to see him running around the pitch with his team mates. The smiles on everyone’s faces, after the toughest 18 months he had experienced, expressed just that.”
Mykie’s family add “We would like to say a Big Thank You to Doug Rogers and Lawford Football Club for their support throughout.”