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Plucky youngster in the fast track for three circuits

PUBLISHED: 16:15 28 April 2010 | UPDATED: 11:39 23 August 2010

EXCITED: Drew James with his mum Debbie.

EXCITED: Drew James with his mum Debbie.

A BRAVE seven-year-old boy, who is recovering from leukaemia, will race around THREE famous race tracks. Drew James, who lives with his mother Debbie at Claremont Road, Hextable, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia in May 2007. Despite going into

A BRAVE seven-year-old boy, who is recovering from leukaemia, will race around THREE famous race tracks.

Drew James, who lives with his mother Debbie at Claremont Road, Hextable, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia in May 2007.

Despite going into remission, he relapsed in October 2008 and had to have a bone marrow transplant the following February.

As reported in last week's Reporter, Drew was invited to experience a drive around Silverstone in a Ferrari next Tuesday.

Now Tony Gilham, who is competing in the Porsche Carrera Cup at Brands Hatch this weekend, has invited him around the historic circuit in between races this Sunday.

His third and final lap will take him to Monaco in France for the Grand Prix on May 13.

Mrs James said: "I'm a bit blown away now, to be honest. It's absolutely fantastic, what these guys have done for James. They have gone to a great deal of effort to make this possible, but they have done it. Hats off to them. James it so excited, by like any child, it won't really hit until it happens."

Gary Allen, who manages Bromley-born pro-am1 racer Tony, helped pull off the race at Brands Hatch, which will take place in the lunch hour.

He said: "Silverstone will be amazing for Drew, but there will be 50 other children taking part. Here it will be all about Drew and I hope he will have an amazing experience with Tony. It's just about him.

"He will be the only car on the track and there will be around 35,000 people watching him from the stands."

He added: "I was practically choking on my tears listening to Debbie. We all really hope that Drew will pull through."

Drew was treated at Great Ormond Street hospital and now gets visits from staff at EllenorLions Hospice staff based in Northfleet and the charity Respite.

He has to avoid large groups of people, can only eat certain foods and can't go anywhere without his medication.

But Mrs James says she is hopeful that he'll be back at school by September and urged residents to become donors.

She added: "The one thing I'd really like to say is that it's so important to donate, because it really can save lives."

Visit www.anthonynolan.org.uk or www.blood.co.uk to donate.

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