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Ben Crowther set to smile at the Skydome

The Genting Casino Coventry Blaze are looking forward to welcoming local boy Ben Crowther and his family to our game vs. MK Lightning at the Skydome Arena on Sunday (5.15pm).

Ben, six-years-old, who in June was diagnosed with a rare form of childhood cancer that affects muscle and soft tissue, will be our special guest sitting in a VIP SkyBox and post-game will present the Man of the Match awards for both teams.

The young boy, fighting a form of cancer known as Rhabdomyosarcoma, has had surgery, CT scans, X-rays and chemo on a daily basis from Birmingham Children's Hospital but despite all the battles, one thing remains for the big sports fan - his smile.

As Sarah, Ben's Mum explains below, the family are fundraising via a Virgin Money Giving page, under the name "Pass The Smile" to support some of the charities that are helping the family: CLIC Sargent, Birmingham Children's Hospital and Charity Oncology Ward, Molly Olly's Wishes, Children with Cancer UK and Chris Lucas Trust Rhabdomyosarcoma Appeal Trust."  

Sarah said "Ben is doing ok under the circumstances. He hates hospital and all the things he's had to endure so far. Hospital stays, surgery, biopsies, X-rays, ultrasounds, CT scans, MRI scans, PET scans, hair loss, weight loss, NG tubes, NG tube replacements, vomiting, mouth sores and dressing changes. We hate it. But despite the pain and anguish we still regularly see Ben's beautiful smile.

"It was Ben that wanted to Pass The Smile to other people to make them happy, and in hospital he started playing a game passing smiles via photos to family members and to his class at school. It really helped.

"During Ben’s long journey, we know that smiles, laughter and general silliness is helping him (and us) get through, so we are raising money, generating pledges and increasing awareness so we can all do something to ‘Pass The Smile’ to others. Ben is so brave, we are incredibly proud of him."

The Blaze are just one in a number of sporting clubs, and members of the local community who are supporting Ben in his battle against cancer, and his families charity efforts.

Read more: Community rallies round after Coventry boy's sudden diagnosis with rare form of cancer

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