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News / August 7, 2009

Tribute to Sir Bobby Robson from mouth cancer victim

by Guy Hiscott

The mother of a young mouth cancer sufferer has paid her respects to football legend Sir Bobby Robson, who raised over £1.6million to help fight cancer during his life.

Daniel Sewell was diagnosed with a rare form of mouth cancer when he was 13 months old, after tests at Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital on a malignant tumour in his mouth.

He was then transferred to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle for an operation that involved breaking his jaw to remove a large part of his tongue.

Daniel also had chemotherapy but is now, aged five, free of cancer. He was supported by the children’s charity Rainbow Trust, of which Sir Bobby was a patron.

Alison Sewell, 39, of Crook, County Durham. said: ‘He did so much for cancer sufferers and, if it wasn’t for people like him, Daniel wouldn’t be here today. It was fantastic that he raised so much for the treatment of cancer and helped so many people.’

The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation has given money to hospitals and he had just opened the Sir Bobby Robson Cancer Trials Research Centre at the Freeman Hospital.