Blind cancer survivor rewarded for bravery
Local youngster honoured by Childhood Eye Cancer Trust
A 12-year old boy from Bradford has received a prestigious award in recognition of the courage he has shown while battling against a rare form of cancer.
Hasan Sankriwala was diagnosed with retinoblastoma, a cancer which affects the retina of children predominantly under six-years-old, when he was just one.
Sadly Hasan’s right eye had to be removed by doctors at the specialist Birmingham Children’s Hospital to save his life prior to undergoing chemotherapy.
Although able initially to still see through his left eye, a detached retina has since left him with extremely limited overall vision and he is now registered blind.
Despite everything Hasan, who attends Hanson Academy, rarely complains and lives an active, happy life. He has even learned how to ride a bicycle and climb trees.
In recognition of his outstanding efforts and bravery Hasan has now been named a CHECT Champion by the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust (CHECT).
The CHECT Champion awards aim to recognise the courage, resilience and patience shown by all children affected by retinoblastoma (often referred to as Rb for short) throughout treatment and beyond.
“Throughout everything Hasan has remained positive and developed the approach that he can accomplish anything he sets his mind to,” says proud mum Shahnaz Sankriwala.
“He is always happy and ends up giving all of us a lift with we are sometimes down.
“He’s been an inspiration to everyone around him with his attitude and thoroughly deserves this award. We are very, very proud of him.”
CHECT has three vital missions – to offer one-to-one support for families and individuals affected by retinoblastoma, to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms to prompt earlier diagnosis, and to help fund research into the disease.
The CHECT Champion awards are sponsored by Credit Suisse with each child receiving a medal together with a framed certificate and goody bag.
Chief executive of the charity, Joy Felgate, said the awards were a great way to commend children who have already had to overcome difficulties in their lives.
“Every child affected by retinoblastoma faces huge disruption, upset and distressing treatment not to mention follow-on check-ups,” she said.
“We are delighted to recognise the courage, resilience and resourcefulness shown by Hasan throughout his treatment. He really is a thoroughly deserving champion.”