The smile which masks the gruelling year Callum has endured

Dog-ged effort: Thirteen-year-old Callum Pite, with family pet Max.
Dog-ged effort: Thirteen-year-old Callum Pite, with family pet Max.
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EXACTLY a year ago yesterday, teenager Callum Pite started a gruelling 14 courses of chemotherapy followed by six weeks of radiotherapy.

The 13-year-old is now on the road to recovery and getting ready to say thank you to those who helped him along the way.

Mum Michelle, dad Simon and ten-year-old brother William are also “indebted” to those who have given their time to help Callum as he spent much of the last year battling cancer in Peterborough City Hospital and Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.

Michelle, of Mayfield Close, Pinchbeck, explained: “In June last year he complained of a stiff neck, which we went through the usual doctor’s appointments to follow up.

“He then came home from school one day in October – it was a Friday – and he was not feeling well. I thought he was coming down with a sickness bug and by the Monday he was still under the weather.

“We then spotted a lump on the back of his neck. It was very noticeable.”

Callum was diagnosed with Ewings sarcoma, a type of bone cancer, which was near to his vertebrae.

During Callum’s long spells in hospital, Michelle would stay with him from Sunday to Friday and Simon would take over on Fridays and Saturdays. Friends and family, in the meantime, kept life as normal as possible for William.

Callum, a pupil at the Sir John Gleed School, now needs x-rays and MRI scans every two months as part of his recovery and treatment.

He is steadily getting back into a normal routine by doing two lessons a day at school, and is looking forward to playing again for Boston Football in the Community.

Michelle says the family would have struggled to make the journey alone.

“The school has been absolutely amazing,” she said. “They left it open that if Callum felt well enough to visit, we could take him in.

“Last Christmas they did some fundraising and they called me in. They had made a hamper because they did not think we would have time for Christmas shopping.”

A teacher even visited the family at home in their own time to help Callum with schoolwork.

Michelle has also made a heartfelt thanks to many local businesses, family and friends who donated hundreds of pounds worth of raffle prizes and services for a charity night in Surfleet last month.

A total of £3,258 was collected for CLIC Sargent, Ward C2 at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, and the Amazon Ward at Peterborough City Hospital. The donation to Peterborough will be made on Saturday by Callum and some friends.

Michelle said: “We just feel indebted to them forever.

“I feel as though we have had a lot of kindness offered to us and I think this as a bit of kindness coming back.

“It takes you by surprise and it rocks your world but you have to keep plodding on.

“Without our friends and family we would not have done it.”