Adrian Secareanu, 12, has flown to Florida to have life-saving treatment for a rare type of cancer, a mucoepidermoid carcinoma, found in his neck and jaw.
Adrian underwent several operations to remove his tumor. He is now having specialist proton therapy to prevent it from returning in a more aggressive form.
Chesterfield-based national charity Kids ‘N’ Cancer recently launched a campaign to help Adrian and his family raise £10,000 to allow them to take time off work and join him in Florida.
The family will spend a minimum of three months in America for the treatment.
Waiting at Heathrow airport, Adrian’s mother Corina said: “In a weird way we are excited to go out there. Adrian will be receiving the proton treatment he needs and we’re hopeful that it will go well for him.”
Adrian said: “I’d like to thank everyone at Kids ‘N’ Cancer so much for the help they have given me and my family. Without all of their hard work I would not be going to America for this opportunity.”