In 2002 our four year old son Rhys was diagnosed with leukaemia. He began a gruelling course of chemotherapy which lasted over three years. During his treatment he spent most of his time in hospital in Alder Hey which was two hours drive away from our home. We had to leave his five year old brother behind with grandparents and saw very little of him during the first six months of treatment. Rhys began intense chemotherapy a day after he was diagnosed. Then a day after that he had chickenpox and became very ill. He was very unlucky and had side effects to a lot of the medicines he was receiving, he began bleeding from the bladder and one of his kidneys sopped working. He was constantly with no immune system, during which time he had pneumonia and shingles at the same time and was very poorly. The worst time was when he was diagnosed with a fungal disease called aspergillosis he was again very poorly,despite everything he pulled through, but because he had been in bed for months he had become very weak, and he couln't even stand let alone walk. The staff in the hospital were amazing, and with the help of a physiotherapist and a lot of hard work he learnt how to walk again. Rhys is now a very healthy active thirteen year old who has recently joined a local athletics club. To think that once he had to learn to walk again. We are very proud of him, despite everything he went through he never complained, that is why we think he deserves the honour of carrying the Olympic Flame.