A REMARKABLE teenager who battled a tumour which almost claimed his life is supporting a new charity appeal.
Sam Owenes, 17, of Abergele, received life-saving treatment for a brain tumour, meningitis and hydrocephalus at Alder Hey Children's Hospital.
Along with sister Amy-Jo and mum and dad Sarah and Mike, Emrys ap Iwan pupil Sam is supporting the appeal aiming to raise £30m for the hospital.
Sam had been taking part in a karate tournament last year when he suffered a kick to his head.
Sarah said: "It was absolutely terrifying, one minute Sam was having a routine scan, the next he was being rushed to Alder Hey."
The hospital’s 3-T intra-operative MRI scanner revealed a brain tumour.
The scanner, the only one of its kind for children in Europe, was funded by a £3m charitable donation from the Barclay Foundation.
Sam underwent surgery and during that time his family stayed close by at Ronald McDonald House.
“It was coming up to Christmas and all the families had a visit from Santa,” said Sarah.
“When Amy-Jo was asked what she would like for Christmas she simply said for her brother to get better.”
Amy-Jo, also a pupil of the Abergele school, has already organised a family fun day event and raised funds for CLIC Sargent, Glan Clwyd Hospital, Ronald McDonald House and Alder Hey.
Every penny donated to the Land of Remarkable People appeal will be used to provide life-saving medical equipment, arts and play activities and funding for vital research at the hospital.
Sam, a young ambassador for the appeal, is now visually impaired and suffers from short term memory loss.
He said: “Please give money to Alder Hey Children’s Charity. We need to help other remarkable children like me."
Sarah said: "The impact on us all has been huge. We can’t thank Alder Hey enough, not only for the treatment Sam received but the care and kindness we all had as a family.
“We are really proud of Sam, he has been incredibly brave.
“We really hope that everyone supports Alder Hey as you never know when something like this might happen and your life gets turned upside down."
To donate to Alder Hey phone 0333 222 3888 or visit www.alderheycharity.com/donate