Baby joy after heartache

SMILES have replaced heartache in the Gooding Harding household.Not only did youngster Jack beat cancer, but the family are celebrating again today as parents Beckie Harding and Gary Gooding are expecting a second child.

SMILES have replaced heartache in the Gooding Harding household.

Not only did youngster Jack beat cancer, but the family are celebrating again today as parents Beckie Harding and Gary Gooding are expecting a second child.

Miss Harding is due to give birth in November.

She said: “We are all really excited about the baby, Jack included.

“It's really given us something to look forward to and we are very happy about it.”

Jack, six, said goodbye to more than a year of cancer treatment this year after being diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare and aggressive cancer, in October 2005.

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Doctors said there is a 40per cent chance the cancer will return, but so far scans have been all clear.

The family, of Pinecroft Road, the Crofts, are now organising a trip to Disneyland Paris, paid for by donations from well-wishers while Jack was battling the cancer.

He was unable to travel during treatment and had to wait for his hair to grow before applying for a passport - but now the family are trying to book the holiday he has been waiting for.

Miss Harding said: “Jack's life is basically back to normal now, he's back to school and back to his old self.

“He is really excited about booking the trip. We have to thanks his aunty and uncle Deborah and Tim Morton and my aunty and uncle June and Stan Scopes for fundraising, Karen and Julie Lane who did a sponsored abseil, and friend Ray Jones who donated a portrait of Bobby Robson which we auctioned for Addenbrooke's Hospital.”

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