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AN 11-year-old boy from Bolton became a firefighter for a day thanks to Bolton North firefighters.
Kyle Buckley from Deane spent two years having chemotherapy to overcome rare muscle tissue cancer rhabdomyosarcoma, and after a third diagnosis Kyle and his family members are now battling the illness again.
On Friday, June 3, Kyle went to the Crompton Way station to meet Green Watch members, who have been raising money for Kyle and his family. Firefighter Dan Winters from Bolton North is taking part in a number of fundraising event to support the cause and during the visit he showed Kyle around the station and how firefighting equipment works.
Crew Manager Jay Jones said: “Kyle has twice been given the all clear from cancer but in March this year it returned and has spread to his kidneys. His Mum is my wife's cousin and she asked for help in fundraising as they have been told that Kyle’s best hope is to find trials or look abroad for treatment.
“Firefighter Winters decided he would like to help Kyle by doing 12 endurance events in 12 months and has set up a gofundme page Make Kyle Smile.
“So far around £17,000 has been raised and that amount includes a generous donation from GMFRS’ Triathlon section of £2,000. This was made possible by Watch Manager Neil Mercer who has recently stepped down as secretary of the section and proposed group members that the money raised by them through competing in various events such as Ironman should be donated to Kyle. Group members agreed and the £2,000 cheque was presented to Kyle and his Mum at Bolton North on June 3 to help fund treatment.”
Cash donations can be made to Bolton North and Bolton Central and people can support Kyle by visiting: https://www.gofundme.com/makekylesmile