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Brave Ben will dress to impress at courage awards


Ben Pollock.

Ben Pollock.

Ben Pollock.

A SIX-YEAR-OLD who has already battled two different cancers in his young life gets to "look like the President" tonight as he accepts a courage award.

Ben Pollock Balfe will don a tuxedo as he is presented with the 'child of courage' medal at the Louth People of the Year awards.

But the person who nominated the youngster from Drogheda remains a mystery.

"We don't know who nominated him and only found out he had won the award when we got a call from Rehab two weeks ago," said his mum, Adele.

"I am very touched. I want to thank them very much."

With the support of dad Eddie and siblings Leanne (21), Adam (17) and Ryan (12), Ben is now nearing the end of his chemotherapy for leukaemia.


Adele said she instinctively knew there was something wrong with her son in March 2009.

"If I went over bumps in the road he would say it felt really sore and if he fell it was unusually sore," she said.

Ben was diagnosed at an early stage and began a three-year course of chemotherapy, which will finish in May. "He has been so brave," Adele added.

Doctors assured her that the leukaemia was "unrelated" to testicular cancer, which he had at four months of age.

Ben loves dressing up and at the moment all visitors can expect to meet a very young 'garda' who will want to arrest them.

"I've to dress in a black suit. I will look like the President," he said of the awards.

Irish Independent