Touching pictures show a cancer-stricken 5 year old boy enjoying himself at Simon Cowell’s son’s Despicable Me-themed birthday party. While most know the famous music mogul for his striking put-downs, the TV judge’s soft side came out as he shared a heart-melting hug with Kian Musgrove. Kian, who suffers from rare childhood cancer neuroblastoma, can be seen embracing the music mogul at his son Eric’s 4th birthday bash at a swanky hotel.
The little fighter became friends with Cowell after he donated £25,000 and paid for his flights to America for pioneering treatment in 2016. And at the party he can be seen playing with Eric on the bouncy castle before jumping into what he thought was a ball pit – but was actually filled with water.
His mum Kat, told Chronicle Live, “Two days ago I got a message from Eric’s mammy asking if we would like to go to his party. Simon paid for us to be chauffeur driven and our train journey, he’s so kind. We have arrived at this real luxurious hotel in a Jaguar. Kian is loving it.”
Dressed in an adorable waistcoat and tie, Kian was drenched after jumping into the water-filled ball pit. His mom explained, “Kian was so excited and running around with Eric when he jumped straight into what he thought was a ball pit. But, in fact, it also had water in.
Kian was soaking and had to be taken away by Eric’s nanny. They dried him off and ordered some more clothes for him. It was very good of them to do that. He’s just loving it. He’s running around and playing with Eric. He’s been jumping up and down on the bouncy castle with inflatable bananas. It’s been a brilliant day.”
Kian lives with his family in Prudhoe in Northumberland. He was first diagnosed with stage four neuroblastoma on October 31, 2013 when he was 18 months old. Doctors discovered 27 tumors around his kidneys and in his bones. He was cared for at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary and had chemotherapy and numerous operations.
The schoolboy recently returned from America where he had a final round of pioneering treatment in New York. More than £600,000 was raised by Generous Geordies and others across the world to send him there in the hope of ending his cancer nightmare.
In 2015 a mystery benefactor from Luxembourg also donated £40,000 to his family so he could fly to the Michigan for treatment. There was a note alongside the money saying ‘good luck to your son’. But now the youngster has started to enjoy life again.