08 August 2018

A seven-year-old boy, who has a rare type of cancer, was given a birthday surprise when a crew of Northamptonshire firefighters went along to his party.

Dylan Neely, from Overstone, was celebrating his birthday and the end of chemotherapy, when members of Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Green Watch, Moulton, dropped in to see him and help him celebrate.

In September 2017, Dylan was diagnosed with metastatic Ewing Sarcoma, a rare type of cancer which affects bones or the tissue around bones.

Thanks to the firefighters

Dylan’s father Ray Neely sent a letter of thanks to the firefighters who came along to help give his son a day to remember.

He said: “From the beginning of his diagnosis, we were told to prepare for the worst as he needed a miracle for him to beat his cancer. A year on and going into his last round of chemo, he has beaten the odds and is making amazing progress.

“A special thanks to your team who did a wonderful job on the day. Dylan and his friends and family were delighted with the experience in the fire engine and especially appreciated the informative talks. The extra time and effort you put in was certainly worthwhile. It is a joy to see such genuine acts of kindness.”

CRG (Community Risk Group) Watch Commander Ashley Tugby said: “I know the whole crew at Moulton were really happy to be able to help Dylan with his celebrations. This little boy has had such a difficult year and when we were approached to visit him to mark the end of his treatment and his birthday, we had to go along to help give him something special to remember.”