AT JUST three years old, William Lyne has already suffered more than most will have to endure in a lifetime.
The Shoreham tot is currently fighting leukaemia for the second time in his short life, and next month will undergo a bone marrow transplant.
His family have been told he has a 50-50 chance of surviving the next five years, but the transplant is the only treatment available.
In a bid to do whatever he can, dad James, 39, will undertake a massive challenge, in September, cycling 260 miles, in five days, round the Danish island of Zealand, to raise money for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.
“When he was first diagnosed, in February last year, I had a craving for information,” he said.
“We wanted to cure cancer. We realised we were never going to do that. The only way we were ever going to be able to help was with funding.”
James and wife Lynda, also 39, took part in the Marsden March last year, walking 14 miles and raising about £3,100 for the Surrey hospital which has been caring for William.
“That did not really hurt, though,” said James. “William has been through so much pain, and, I know it sounds strange, I want to push myself beyond something I would normally be able to do.”
William was just two years old when he was first diagnosed with one of the most aggressive strains of the disease, AML , and went through four cycles of chemotherapy.
The family, including Amelie, six, was told he was in remission, and there was only a 30 per cent chance the blood cancer would come back.
On Christmas Day, though, the disease reared its head, meaning more chemotherapy, and the transplant is now William’s only chance.
Both times he had chemotherapy, William lost the ability to walk, and had to learn the skill again, but nothing stopped her determined boy, said Lynda.
“He has been the most ideal, well-behaved patient,” said Lynda, adding he had been in intensive care three times this year alone.
“Not once in two years has he moaned. He is a real little fighter, he is amazing.”
James will be joined by his brother, David, and friend, Paul Richardson, for his cycling challenge.
They are aiming to raise about £1,000 between them.
To sponsor them, go to www.justgiving.com/williamlyne