Just 18 months ago, the thought of going to Disney World would have been nothing but a distant dream for 12-year-old Jordan Jex.
The youngster, from Fryston, was diagnosed with Langerhans’ cell histiocytosis (LCH) – a cancer-like condition which affects children in April last year.
It left him in excruciating pain and he was on crutches for 26 weeks. He has to have regular hospital visits to treat the condition.
But the Airedale Academy pupil refused to let his illness affect him and set about raising cash for the charity Candlelighters, which has supported him and his family.
He raised more than £600 for the charity by holding a coffee morning and raffle.
Now the youngster’s family are planning to treat him to the trip of a lifetime to the US next year.
His mum Tracy, 43, of Langdale Close, said: “We’ve already said we’ll take him to Florida for his 13th birthday, but we think he deserves VIP treatment after everything he’s gone through, so we’re hoping to travel first class.
“It’s likely to cost about an extra £3,500 each just for the flights but Jordan deserves it so much.
“He’s been through an awful lot over the last 18 months.
“It was awful when he was on the crutches, we couldn’t go anywhere or plan anything because he was in pain all the time.”
“We are planning to organise fund raising events to help us reach our target and we hope the first one will be in March. We just want to raise as much as we can and then we’ll put the rest towards it.”
If you would like to help with the fund raising for Jordan’s trip call Mrs Jex on 01977 730884.