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Little Mikey Doran pictured with his big brother Dylan. Photo: Ciara Wilkinson

Little Mikey Doran pictured with his big brother Dylan. Photo: Ciara Wilkinson

Little Mikey Doran pictured with his big brother Dylan. Photo: Ciara Wilkinson

A family have spoken about living with cancer which has affected another of their children.

Nicola Skehan and partner James Doran lost their beloved son Seán (5) to neuroblastoma in February 2016. His little brother Mikey, who is eight months old, is now undergoing intensive treatment for leukaemia.

"When Mikey was born he was tested for neuroblastoma, what Seán had. This... came back clear," Nicola said.

But on February 18, at only 10 weeks old, he was diagnosed at their local hospital in Clonmel, Co Tipperary, with a form of childhood leukaemia.

"We were so angry as to why we again were the victims of childhood cancer, especially after losing Seán," Nicola said.

Mikey has had four months of chemotherapy before a bone marrow transplant from a donor. "It will be at least a year before we could say the transplant is a success but this is Mikey's only possible chance of a cure," Nicola said.

Seán and Mikey's older brother Dylan (12) is going to secondary school and the family have urged others to 'light it up gold' - in support of the Childhood Cancer Foundation - in September to help raise awareness.

"No family should have to go through this once let alone a second time," Nicola added.

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