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Sunday, 26 October 2014

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Carlisle United player’s young relative back home after op

A young relative of Carlisle United defender Frank Simek has been discharged from hospital after an operation to remove his cancer.

Little Brandt Ballenger spent the first night of 2013 at home in his own bed which was “great news” for his family.

The brave youngster has stage four Wilms tumour cancer, which affects the kidneys, and treatment has so far failed to remove the aggressive cells from Brandt’s body.

Brandt, eight, had an operation before Christmas to remove both tumours and he is slowly getting better.

On Facebook, his family who live in Belleville, Illinois, near Simek’s home town of St Louis, said: “The doctors pulled the right chest tube today.

“Brandt is doing so well that they are discharging him today.

“Yeah! He will spend the first night of 2013 in his own bed and that is great news.

“Thank you for your prayers and support.

“It sure does seem to have helped Brandt.

“As always....keep the faith, remain hopeful, and please continue praying.”

Brandt’s plight has captured the hearts of people across the world while Simek has enlisted his United team-mates to show their support. They posed with a Team Brandt placard on the eight-year-old’s Facebook page, which has more than 3,000 followers.

Simek, the Blues’ American defender, said that each message of support posted on the site helps to lift Brandt’s spirits.

“Any picture that is posted on there, or any message, gives him a little boost,” he said. “We are a close-knit family and we are all praying for him.”

PMcClounie@cngroup.co.uk

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