Brave teen praised for holding family together after cancer tragediesBy Sally Bryant
April 27, 2012
The “selfless courage” of a 14-year-old through a year when he lost his grandfather and father to cancer and his mother battled the disease has been recognised.
The Woodley town mayor made a presentation to brave Kieran Hubbucks at his Harding Road home on Thursday, April 19.
Councillor Coling Lawley handed over a certificate acknowledging how the Bulmershe pupil has “held his mother and younger sister together through their trials and tribulations in an exemplary manner”.
The family has had a very tough year. Kieran’s grandfather, Denis Rixon, died from prostate cancer and then earlier this year his father, Tony Hubbucks, lost his fight against a ravaging form of cell cancer.
Straight after the funeral, his mother Mandy was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma and had to start chemotherapy.
Kieran looked after his five-year-old sister, Chloe, and his mother, and Cllr Lawley said: “Kieran is a remarkable young man.
“His selfless courage is succeeding in holding his family together despite their many trials, which would have been too much for many families. I trust that he is able to reap the rewards in the future that his current actions deserve.”
And Mrs Hubbucks, whose disease is now in remission, said: “I am very proud of Kieran – he has done such a lot for me and everybody.
“We have really pulled together. I thought he and my daughter would go downhill, but they have come through with flying colours.”