The schoolboy battled the disease for three years, crying each time he lost his mop of thick, dark hair.

Dylan, now 11, was given the all-clear in March and is the star of a new TV Christmas advert that shows the incredible moment he gets to ring the bell at ­Croydon University Hospital, signalling the end of chemotherapy for a patient.

The advert promotes the work of ­Children With Cancer UK, the charity we have teamed up with for The Sun on Sunday’s Christmas Toy Appeal.

We are asking YOU, our kind-hearted readers, to donate so we can buy presents for youngsters in hospital over the festive period.


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Dylan’s mum Lorraine, 44, said: ­“Children should be at home with their families, tearing open Christmas presents. Sadly, not all of them can be.

“When Dylan was ill, he did receive some toys and they made his day. It was incredible to see him smile.”

Dylan was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in January 2015 after Lorraine took him to hospital with a high temperature and a swollen wrist.

Lorraine, Dylan’s dad Chris, 47, and his five brothers, who live in Croydon, South London, were devastated by the news.

He was put on a three-year treatment programme that involved chemotherapy, steroids and blood transfusions.


Lorraine said: “It was very intense. His hair started to fall out and that upset Dylan. Watching your child suffer is incredibly tough.

“When he was first diagnosed, he asked me, ‘Mum, am I going to die?’ He was so scared, I told him he had to fight.”

Dylan soldiered on through his ­treatment, finally ringing the bell in ­September surrounded by a film crew.

He said: “I loved ringing my bell, as it means I’m not poorly any more. I can’t wait to see it on the television.”

Lorraine credits Children With Cancer UK for getting her family through the ordeal.

She said: “They put me in touch with other parents and it was so helpful to talk to other people in the same boat.”

She added: “We’re so glad to have Dylan home this Christmas, but sadly not all families will be so lucky. Please dig deep and give what you can."

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