A family has decided to have Christmas early this year after being told their three-year-old boy has just weeks left to live.
People across the country are being asked to send Christmas cards to help little Ellis Price enjoy another festive season, as he suffers terminal ETMR brain cancer
Laura Pearman initially thought her son may have had an ear infection after he suddenly fell ill in September last year, but a CT scan revealed an 8cm x 5cm brain tumour.
Ellis had two operations on the tumour, as well as chemotherapy and radiotherapy, at Leeds General Infirmary, but Laura, 35, has been told the cancer has spread and he has just weeks to live.
Mum Laura Pearman cradles her son Ellis, who was given weeks to live (Image: Leeds Live)
Te family has already held a superhero fourth birthday for Ellis – five months early – and now plans to hold Christmas celebrations with Ellis and his sisters Caitlin, 15 and Alana, 10, and Ellis’ stepdad Ashley Pearman, 33.
She told LeedsLive: “Ellis really is the most incredible boy ever.
“It is beyond heartbreaking for the family. Of course, we’re all devastated as was he when we told him how poorly he was.
“But ever since the beginning Ellis has stayed himself and has continued to remain as positive as a three-year-old could possibly be.
“He really has kept me going. I don’t think any of us can believe how amazing he has been.”
Ellis was paralysed by complications from his initial treatment, and he required a further round of chemotherapy as his condition deteriorated earlier this year.
Laura said: “He wanted to be independent. He got himself up and down – he would never give up.
“To see him struggle through what he has been through – all whilst remaining positive – it is inspiring to all of us.”
The family was giving the heartbreaking news in July that nothing else could be done to save Ellis.
Ellis’ is due to turn four on January 5, 2021, but his mum held a superhero themed birthday party for him in his hospital room in July.
Ellis’ family are preparing to hold an early Christmas celebration (Image: Leeds Live)
The diagnosis means me might not make it to December 25, so an early Christmas celebration will be held next week.
Laura said: “He wants to do as much as he can and we want to give him everything we can do to make him happy.
“He’s still smiling and he’s still the same Ellis as ever.”
Family friend Elizabeth Robb, whose son Reuben suffered the same diagnosis, launched a Facebook appeal to the public for Christmas cards.
Elizabeth met Laura at the same ward where Reuben and Ellis received treatment together.
Ellis at home in Wakefieldwith one of his sisters (Image: Leeds Live)
Reuben tragically lost his battle to cancer three months ago.
In a Facebook post, Elizabeth posted: “This beautiful lady (Laura Pearman) and her beautiful precious boy are spending their last days together as Ellis’s condition has become much worse and he has very little time left.
“You are all aware how we first hand know the pain this amazing lady had to endure. Laura Pearman has decided to have Christmas Day for Ellis next week as it will be her last.
“She has very kindly asked if anyone would like to send him a Christmas card to fill a wall or small gift this would be absolutely wonderful.
“Please if you can help we are so very thankful. Ellis also has two older sister’s and think it’s very important to involve her in his memory. Thank you in advance.”
Leeds United captain Liam Cooper and former player Jermaine Beckford sent a video message to Ellis.
In the clip, Cooper says: “Just a quick message from me and all the boys. We are so proud of you, the way you are fighting.
“So keep smiling, keep fighting, you are doing an amazing job. I’m sending all my love from me, the boys and staff and everybody at Leeds United.
“Stick in there little man, we love you.”
He added: “I just want you to know we are all thinking about you mate.
“You are being super strong and super brave. We are really proud of you alright mate, key fighting, keep strong.”
Cards can be sent to: Ellis The Hero, Horbury Post Office, 34 Queen Street, Horbury, Wakefield, West Yorkshire,WF4 6LP.