Cancer Fund 'helped my son smile again'
RYAN McQuillan had just started grammar school when he went from being an active young boy to a child fighting for his life.
Complaining of a pain in his chest, his mother Anne took him to hospital for a check-up, only to discover that he had a tumour at his chest - which was spreading.
Ms McQuillan, a mother-of-three from Dunmurry, last night spoke of her son's battle with Hodgkin's lymphoma to highlight the work of the NI Cancer Fund for Children which "helped Ryan smile again".
The Irish News Christmas Charity Campaign aims to raise money for this organisation as well as for CLIC Sargent.
Aged just 11, Ryan had no health worries, but within days of visiting hospital he was beginning chemotherapy after doctors found he was suffering from Hodgkin's lymphoma.
"There certainly wasn't any problems, Ryan was a carefree, active child," she said.
"He took a pain in his chest and we thought he had pulled a muscle or something.
"We took him to A&E and they did an X-ray and they found at tumour at his chest. He was kept in straight away