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Son's on song for tragic father who lost cancer battle; AARON, 8, TO LEARN 8 TUNES IN 8 WEEKS IN MEMORY OF BELOVED DAD.

Health Correspondent anuji.varma@trinitymirror.com @anujivarma A DEVASTATED schoolboy is learning eight songs in eight weeks - in memory of his dad who died battling cancer.

And eight-year-old Aaron Nutting says he wants to become a scientist when he grows up to stop the disease hurting other dads.

"It hurt me to see my dad in so much pain," the youngster says. "I miss my daddy so much."

Father-of-five Simon Nutting died from Ewing's Sarcoma after a fall from his bicycle led to a devastating discovery.

The 39-year-old dad from Walsall had thought he was in good health as he was a fitness fanatic.

Days after the accident in April last year, he began to suffer with a stiff neck, which his doctor initially diagnosed as a sprain from his fall.

But within a week a lump had grown, and within a month he was diagnosed with an aggressive soft tissue cancer, Ewing's sarcoma.

Community support worker Simon was referred to Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital for treatment and concluded his chemotherapy last November.

But there was to be no happy ending. He died in June this year after he suffered kidney and liver failure as a result of his cancer.

"Simon had a bicycle accident and a few days later woke up with a stiff neck," recalled wife Emma. "We didn't really think anything of it, but when it persisted he went to emergency doctors and was told he had a sprained neck. He was given painkillers, muscle relaxant and was told to come back in three weeks if it didn't ease.

"Over the next few weeks the stiffness got worse, and then he referred him for a CT scan but before this could be done he collapsed with a high temperature. went back to the GP who treated the lump as an abscess with antibiotics - but it continued get worse.

Emma said: "A couple of days later he woke up and it was like the lump had grown overnight, so we phoned and got sent to A&E. "Another scan was done and when we were called back for the results, our world shattered. We were told that Simon had a malignant sarcoma. Then we discovered he had an extremely aggressive growing, Ewing's sarcoma."

When I'm go to become a I can stop anyone " The family launched a fundraising drive which captured the hearts of the Midlands, but it was to no avail. Simon's tragic death broke the hearts of Emma,and their children Aaron, Jaime, six, Alexa, five, Tyler, three, and two-year-old Charley.

AARONNUTTING., Now, Aaron will complete his musical challenge for the charity Sarcoma UK because he wants to others what happened so quickly to his daddy.

"I remember how daddy couldn't do fun things with me anymore, like play football or go to the park," he said.

"When he was in pain I didn't like it at all - it hurt me to see my dad in so much pain.

"When I'm old I want go to university and become a biochemist I can stop cancer hurting anyone else. I also think it would be like Justin Bieber!" Aaron has used singing to help him in the wake of Simon's death: "Sometimes it takes my mind off things and makes me happy for a little while. It's a distraction and stops me thinking about what's going on and how much I miss my daddy.

"It's also good because it has helped other people by raising money for Sarcoma UK."

Aaron, who is passionate about singing, and regularly attends performing arts groups including Born 2 Perform and All Star Vocals, was urged to use his talent to raise cash by family friend Jag Poselay.

It was Jag who challenged Aaron to learn a new song every week for eight weeks, to promote awareness, and raise money for Sarcoma UK.

old I want university and biochemist so cancer hurting else.

aged 8 And the brave boy has advice for other youngsters going through a similar experience.

"It's good to try to do something to take your mind off it," he said. "You can help someone you love by doing small jobs to help, like housework or getting the medication that they need.

"When I was upset I would write my feelings on a piece of paper then rip it in half or burn it - it's good to let your emotions out that way.

"And don't be afraid to cry, it IS scary and upsetting, but it's OK." | To donate and see Aaron's songs log onto www.justgiving.com/fundraising/AARON-NUTTING.
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Date:Aug 22, 2016
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