The teen was initially diagnosed with a brain tumour which continues to grow despite several courses of radiotherapy and chemotherapy
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NEWS COPY - WITH PICTURES - by Nathan Sandhu
A 13-year-old boy battling a brain tumour has received a special message from Metallica who sent their love and wished him a speedy recovery.
The legendary rockers took time off their The WorldWired Tour to put together the touching note saying young Tyler Yates was in their ‘thoughts and prayers’.
The teen was initially diagnosed with a brain tumour which continues to grow despite several courses of radiotherapy and chemotherapy.
Tyler’s obsession with the heavy metal band dates back to before he was born and he has donned Metallica t-shirts since he was a baby.
The addicted youngster is even hoping to see his favourite band at the Manchester Arena in October despite concerns he may not be well enough to go.
But the Bedford High School pupil Tyler was over the moon when he received the special message from James Hetfield and co on Monday.
His mother Pamela, 40, from Leigh, Greater Mancs., said: “Knowing it was directed at him was amazing. His face was beaming.”
Pamela claims her son’s love of music dates back to before he was born.
She felt him “squirming around” when other bands were performing at a concert while she was pregnant but he became still when Metallica took to the stage.
“I was six months pregnant with Tyler and I went to Dublin to watch them. He loved it,” she added.
The youngster was initially diagnosed with a brain tumour on his first birthday.
He has undergone several operations and courses of radiotherapy and chemotherapy since, but the tumours continued to grow.
Tyler was rushed into hospital in January this year and underwent an emergency biopsy, which delivered another blow.
He was diagnosed with Grade 4 tumors located in his brain stem.
His family is also waiting to hear whether he will be accepted for a drug trial at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool.
A fundraising appeal was set up earlier this year in case Tyler needed to go to the USA for treatment but unfortunately, that is no longer the case.
Now all fundraising money is being used to give Tyler some amazing fun filled and amazing experiences to enjoy which have included a once in a lifetime trip to Paris, Rome, Monte Carlo and Nice.
A day out to Harry Potters Studio and a zookeeper for the day experience. And with a car driving, Falconry and husky sledding experience bring planned.
Mrs Yates said: “For every single person who has done anything, raised money and helped to fund these things, I want to say a massive thank you to them all.”
Several fundraisers have been held, with the next big event being an evening of glitz and glamour at Tyler’s Leigh Vegas Night.
There will be casino tables, Elvis show and three-course meal at Leigh Sports Village on Friday, September 1.
Mrs Yates and colleagues at Contour hair salon in Leigh will take part in the inaugural Leigh 10k on Sunday.
Donations towards helping to provide memories for Tyler and his family can be given via PayPal using firstname.lastname@example.org.