Just nine years ago, doctors were not confident Glenn Hyslop would even live to see his late teens.
Diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in 2003, at one stage he was so ill with a rare flesh-eating infection, doctors told his family he had just days to live.
But brave Glenn, of Morley Croft, Farington Moss, Leyland, repeatedly defied the odds and battled back and was finally given the all-clear from the illness in 2010. Today, his family is celebrating another milestone in his remarkable comeback – after he was named student of the year on his Runshaw College course in his first year on campus.
Glenn, now 17 and studying a BTEC in Business, was handed the prestigious accolade at a glittering awards night held at Runshaw’s Langdale Road campus.
Teachers there said he was a “truly inspirational student” who, despite his illness, has achieved high attendance rates and is “respected by his peers and staff”.
The college said: “He always displays a positive attitude, he is self-motivated, keen to learn and responsible towards his studies.”
Glenn, a former Wellfield Business and Enterprise College pupil who hopes to eventually study accountancy, said: “It feels good knowing what I have been through and I have managed to keep up a high attendance and have passed all my courses like English, maths and ITC.
“It is great to be nominated.”
Glenn’s dad Shaun, 48, said: “I think with what he has been through and the fact he was behind with missing school, I think it is fantastic and I’m so proud of him. It is all down to him being so determined to do well.
“Even on some days when he’s been feeling not really very well, he was still determined to go to college. He hated to miss a day.”
Sadly, Shaun was not able to be at the ceremony as he was himself recovering from a hospital procedure.
But his mum Debbie, also 48, did attend the glittering event and said: “I was really proud, it is fabulous.
“He has missed so much school but he has made it up.
“It gives a bit of hope to any other families who have children who are ill.”