Connor’s pop idol dream comes true

DREAM COME TRUE: Cornnor with, from left, Aston, Oritse, Marvin and Jonathan from JLS.
DREAM COME TRUE: Cornnor with, from left, Aston, Oritse, Marvin and Jonathan from JLS.

A BOY who has suffered frombrain tumours and leukaemia was granted his greatest wish when he met pop group JLS.

Connor Harrison, 10, was diagnosed with leukaemia aged two and had a bone marrow transplant just before his fourth birthday. He was in remission for six years but was then diagnosed with brain tumours.

Earlier this year he underwent brain surgery and is currently having daily radiotherapy and chemotherapy.

During surgery to remove the tumours he was deliberately woken by doctors so they could save his speech. He was the second youngest person in the world, and the youngest in Britain, to undergo the procedure.

During his treatment he likes to listen to his favourite pop group – JLS – and in July he won a talent competition singing the group’s hit One Shot while on holiday at Pontin’s in Southport. The family is going back in November to take part in the final.

Rays of Sunshine, a charity which grants wishes of children with serious illnesses, fixed it for the brave boy to meet his idols.

The charity arranged for Connor, his brother Nathan, mum Sarah Warren, dad Scott Harrison and grandma Jackie McEvoy, from Heckmondwike, to travel to London to meet the band and enjoy an overnight stay at a Mayfair hotel.

Connor, a pupil at Millbridge Junior and Infant School, chatted to JLS, had photographs taken, collected autographs and even had a singalong!

Connor’s mum Sarah said: “It was an amazing weekend. Connor was really shy but JLS were really nice and they knew just what to say to him.

“They were proper gentlemen. I think they are perfect role models for young boys.”