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"It's devastating," Dereham's teenage mother, Louis Atkins, diagnosed with cancer for the fourth time | Latest news from Dereham

Published: 06:35 25 February 2019 | update: 09:15 25 February 2019

Dereham's 14-year-old Louis Atkins has been diagnosed with cancer for the fourth time. Photo courtesy of the Atkins family

Dereham's 14-year-old Louis Atkins has been diagnosed with cancer for the fourth time. Photo courtesy of the Atkins family


The mother of a 14-year-old boy who has been diagnosed with cancer for the fourth time and has lost his eye and two bones on his feet to the disease, says his latest relapse is "devastating."

Lewis Atkins, pictured in 2013 Photo: Ian BurtLewis Atkins, pictured in 2013 Photo: Ian Burt

Lewis Atkins of Dereham suffered from multiple attacks of retinoblastoma and osteosarcoma as a baby and a young boy.

And a teenager, a high school disciple of Neater, is now preparing for another round of chemotherapy after the disease reappears in his leg last year.

His family, friends, and football manager praised him for his positivity, and the fundraising page to support his family at the cost of the disease and give them the opportunity to make special memories has raised more than 1,000 pounds.

41-year-old Kelly Atkins, who dropped out of work as a charity worker to care for his son, said: "This is devastating, but one of these things should try to be positive all the time and hope the best.

"They sat him and said there was a very little chance of curing him, as many options were exhausted.

"We were told last time, if we get to one year, we will be lucky and we will have five years."

Lewis was first diagnosed with retinoblastoma for only four and a half months and had six months of chemotherapy.

But doctors can not cope completely with the disease, and Luis's parents took the decision to remove the right eye of the then three-year-old.

But survivors of retinoblastoma carry a high risk of developing other cancers and only five years later, Lewis, then eight, began to complain of pain in their legs.

In 2013, he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma after the tests detected a tumor on his left foot.

He struggled with another round of chemotherapy, followed by an operation to replace the bone and knee of his left foot with a metal hip, which means he must learn to walk again.

Lewis was eventually given everything clear and his life began to return to normal until he began to feel pain again.

In a check in September last year, another tumor was found in the right leg of the teenager.

His mother said, "They found a lesion, and the biopsy returned back in late November, that's the sarcoma, and we started the whole process again."

The disease was caught earlier, but the nodules had still spread to Luis's lungs and he underwent another surgery – leaving it with metal bones on both legs – and more chemotherapy.

He is now preparing for a new round of treatment.

Mrs. Atkins said, "We have received the good news that 95% of cancer cells have disappeared, but he has had so much cure in the years when they are already limited about what they can give him.

"It seems positive – he can finish chemotherapy in May and hopes to return to school before summer."

But Luis, recovering from his last surgery, is now in and out of the hospital.

His mother added: "On Wednesday, you go home and this time is hard because it is older and has more side effects. Just take it as it comes.

"Sometimes he will say," I have enough and I do not want it anymore, "but he does it. It's hard enough to watch him.

"It's heartbreaking to go to this ward and see so many kids."

And the family of Lewis, who lives in Dereum, says they have been struck by the pouring of support from the city's inhabitants.

Jack Dock, club secretary of Dereham Town and Dereham Saints manager from the 15 countries, said: "Lewis has taught us as a junior for years. We created the U15s team and he is our goalkeeper.

"They are such a wonderful, strong family. People do not realize that he has overcome this because of pure courage.

Dad called him and informed us that the tumor had returned.

The 51-year-old Mr Cassidy added: "Rob, his trampled, had to sell his car to go to Adenbrook and they were trying to pay the mortgage.

"We try to help by doing different events and we all try to support the family."

Mrs. Atkins said, "We just want to thank everyone for their support. The football club was fantastic.

"Money has helped us a lot for fuel costs and the hospital – we are so grateful."

Help wipe cancer FC to hold a charity match in support of Lewis

Dereham's charity football team, supported by Todd Cantwell of Norwich City, is seeking to raise 2000 euros to help Luis Atkin's family.

Help Delete Canadian Harry Potter, 19, said: "Several members of my family have cancer and I lost my nose, which inspired me to create it.

Mr. Cottenden, who knew Lewis from school, said: "It just does not look real. Some people lose their battle once – to face it four times, showing how strong it is.

– His positivity makes him continue – he always smiles.

The team plans a celebrity match in May as a Chelsea Lewis fan and hopes to raise £ 2,000 to fund a holiday for France or Spain for the whole family.

Both matches will be held at FC Fakenham Town on Saturday, May 18th, with Norwich City players, actors and football stars.

There will also be raffles, raffles and face paintings, with tickets sold for a day at £ 5 for adults and £ 2.5 for kids.

• For more information about the match, visit Help Delete FC Cancer on Facebook or Twitter @DeleteCancerFC. To donate the fundraising page for Luis Atkins, visit the JustGiving page.

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