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A Tangerine Dream Come True

Posted: Wed 26 Sep 2012

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Special Days For Deakon Beavers

Deakon Beaver's dreams came true on Saturday when he visited Blackpool's training ground to meet Ian Holloway and the players.

The six-year-old, who is from Thornton-Cleveleys, was a special guest at Squires Gate and spent his time having pictures, getting autographs, watching training and speaking to the manager in his office.

The visit, which also included the chance to lead the team out against Huddersfield Town on Monday night as a mascot, was arranged as a Tangerine Dream Day, in conjunction with
Make-A-Wish Foundation®UK, the charity that grants magical wishes to children and young people fighting life-threatening conditions.

Deakon began chemotherapy treatment at just 17-days-old. He needed resuscitating
at birth and hours later he was given a platelet transfusion, before being diagnosed at 16-days-old withHemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis (HLH – a rare blood disorder).

At six weeks old Deakon’s parents were told he wasn’t responding to HLH treatment and there was no other option than for him to have a bone marrow transplant – a procedure he had just a five per cent chance of surviving. His bone marrow was sent off for tests which revealed that as well as the HLH he had three different types of Leukaemia, so before having his transplant he endured more chemotherapy. Two days after his transplant Deakon had lung failure and heart problems – he had to have two blood transfusions and four platelet transfusions a day.

Deakon was finally allowed to go home at nine-months-old but was still in semi-isolation. Just before his first birthday he was allowed out of semi-isolation. He
now has check-ups every six months and will be on Penicillin for the rest of his life.

The game against Huddersfield Town on Monday night was his first experience of live football. 

"It was lovely watching him enjoying himself - he really loved it," said Karen, Deakon's mum. "Deakon's wish was just amazing, I can't thank-you enough. It was really lovely for Phillip and me to have some time with just him, as most of our time all together has been miserable."