Sunday 4 December 2016

Celebrity chef Novelli reveals heartache over son's cancer fight

Published 20/11/2016 | 05:31

The chef has spoken of his shock upon receiving the news
The chef has spoken of his shock upon receiving the news

Celebrity chef Jean-Christophe Novelli has spoken of his 10-week-old son's fight with cancer.

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The 55-year-old chef's baby boy, Valentino, is receiving treatment for neuroblastoma.

The multi-Michelin-star winner has revealed his feelings of helplessness after he and his fiancee Michelle announced the child's diagnosis earlier this month.

Novelli told the Sunday Mirror: "We found a lump in Valentino's neck and we both went to pieces.

"There have been nights when I have sat alone, crying, asking God why this has happened to my little boy and not to me. I wish I could change places with him."

Novelli also expressed support to Michael Buble whose three-year-old son, Noah, has also been diagnosed with cancer.

"My heart goes out to the Bubles and any other family facing cancer," father-of-four Novelli said.

Neuroblastoma is a cancer of developing nerve cells and it affects around 100 children every year in the UK, most commonly under-fives.

Symptoms include a lump in the neck - as in Valentino's case - as well as blue lumps in the skin and bruising, often around the eyes.

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