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mother who had to raise £232,000 so her little boy could travel to New York for a potentially life-saving cancer vaccine is fighting to bring the treatment to the UK.

Claire Scott wants to help dozens of other families who now face the struggle she endured.

Her son Liam is cancer free after travelling to America for the experimental treatment, and she says Health Secretary Sajid Javid was “extremely sympathetic” to her cause when she met him earlier this week.

She told the PA news agency: “When Liam was going through treatments, when we were going through fundraising, those were the most difficult days of my life.

“I would feel like all of that meant something if it helped to cure others of the disease and get the vaccine available to others.”

Liam spent a year having painful cancer treatment for neuroblastoma, but his family feared that without the vaccine the cancer could return with potentially deadly consequences / PA Media

Five-year-old Liam, from Edenbridge in Kent, spent a year undergoing gruelling treatment for neuroblastoma cancer after being diagnosed in 2019, the day after his sister Kylie was born.

The disease affects about 100 UK children each year and often requires aggressive medical intervention.

Despite Liam bravely battling through rounds and rounds of painful treatment, the nature of the rare disease meant there was a high risk of it coming back, which could have devastating consequences.

As Liam underwent the cancer treatment in the UK, his family and their friends set about raising £232,000 to get him to New York for the experimental cancer vaccine – which is not available on the NHS.

After successfully reaching their target, Liam spent several months flying back and forth to the USA for the treatment.

He is now home, cancer-free and enjoying being back at school.

Liam Scott plays near his home in Edenbridge, Kent

Now his mother hopes to use her experiences to make sure no other family has to suffer the same traumas that she and her husband Mike faced.

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