Doctors found my little boy's cancer after he banged his knee – we had no clue he was sick

WHEN little Joe Kallar-Lewis slipped on a log his parents thought he had fractured his kneecap.

But the eight-year-old's pain continue and wouldn't go away and Joe started to lose weight and was being sick.


Weeks after the accident, his parents, mum Dal Kallar and dad Dave Lewis were given the worst possible news.

After originally being told their son had a fractured knee cap, the family were informed that he in fact was suffering from a rare cancer.

Chronic myeloid leukaemia is a type of cancer that affects the white blood cells and tends to progress slowly over many years.

Joe's parents were told that his cancer had caused a condition called avascular necrosis, which is a disease that results from the temporary or permanent loss of blood supply to the bone.

Joe, who lives with Swadlincote, South Debryshire, with his family has been in and out of hospital and is suffering with the side effects of the medication he has been prescribed.

Mum Dal, 48, said there is so much emotion to carry as Joe fights the illness.

She told StaffordshireLive: ""What he has got is incurable and it's rare for someone of Joe's age to get this. The one Joe's got is a chronic illness so it is something he will just have.

"He does say that it gets him down and he feels different to everyone else. We have never told him he had cancer, just poorly blood. A lot of the time he just ploughs through it."

Dal said that Joe is still not stable and that the medication he is currently receiving has brought the cancer down, but 'not enough'.

The family are trying to make life as normal as possible for Joe and have been taking him to school when he has been well enough to go in.

She added: "It does get to you, and every week or two I break down crying again.

What is Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia?

Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia (CML) – Progresses slowly and is more common in adults.

Signs of CML usually occur because the leukaemia cells replace the bone marrow's normal blood making cells.

Because of this people with CML don't make enough red blood cells.

They also don't make enough functioning white blood cells and platelets.

Common signs:

  • Weight loss
  • Weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Night sweats
  • Bone pain
  • Enlarged spleen

"Joe has been really good in himself, he's a little trouper. It has almost become normal for him and he doesn't really know any different, which is really sad."

The family has been raising funds for Birmingham Children's Hospital so that Joe has been able to kit it out with portable DVD players.

They are also raising money for Molly Olly's Wishes – a charity in Warwick which helps support children with life-threatening illnesses and their families to help with their emotional wellbeing.

In order to raise more funds for Molly Olly's Wishes, Dal is also climbing Mount Snowdon in April.

Dal is now getting up at 5am everyday to exercise and says she wants to honour her son and everything he has been through.

To donate to their fundraiser you can visit their Just Giving page.

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