Simon Cowell Offers A Lifeline For Kian

Pride of Britain supporter Simon Cowell has surprised a family from Newcastle Upon Tyne with the gift of hope for their young son who is suffering from an aggressive form of childhood cancer for the second time.


The X Factor boss heard about the campaign on twitter and kindly donated £25,000 to pay for the flight to a specialist American clinic for critically ill Kian Musgrove after his family raised an extraordinary £730,000 for his treatment. He also paid for flights and a hotel for Kian's mum Kat to go to New York.

Kat received the news as she sat at her son’s bedside in the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle. She was overwhelmed at the gesture  “His generosity is absolutely amazing, it is so heartwarming. We will be forever grateful for his help and his part in our life-saving journey.’

She added “It was such a lovely surprise which has come at such a difficult time.”

Kian had just a few weeks to raise the £500,000 needed to get specialist relapse treatment in New York after he was diagnosed with neuroblastoma. Kat is hugely indebted to the kindness and charity work of supporters, "I would like to thank everyone who has been a part of helping in any way at all; it really does mean the world to us. That kindness has kept us going and now we are finally on the way.”

Kian was in the Great North Children’s Hospital at the RVI where he was undergoing chemotherapy. The youngster was first diagnosed with stage four neuroblastoma in October 2013. He had 27 different tumours. The illness attacked his nerve cells around the kidneys on an adrenal gland where a tumour had developed. It then travelled around his body and spread to his bones and across his pelvis. He has undergone stem cell removal, high dose chemo, radiotherapy and immunotherapy.

It took eight months, but eventually Kian’s cancer was no longer detectable, much to the delight of his family.

Since then Kat, also mum to Katie, four, has worked tirelessly to raise the money towards relapse therapy should her son fall ill again.

Last December Kat received the news she had been dreading - the cancer had returned and Kian would need to fight for his life all over again. Medics at the Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre in New York offer the specialist relapse therapy, which aims to prevent the neuroblastoma threatening Kian’s life again.

He will remain in New York for the next five weeks while doctors first assess him, before beginning the treatment. As they head off to the States, Kat is urging people to keep giving as Kian is going to need extra radiotherapy treatment while in New York.

We wish him all the love in the world to carry on his brave fight.

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