From Chemo to the court - Ellis Haggith prepares to take to the floor after receiving cancer all-clear

Cancer survivor Ellis Haggith finally steps back on a basketball court after four years of gruelling treatment this month - and he's playing with the stars.
Haggith, a former England East U15 player, had a promising career in the sport cut short when he was first diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia aged just 16.
But the 20-year-old is about to celebrate finally receiving the all clear in style at the Hoops Aid celebrity basketball event at the O2 on Sunday, May 14th.
 
Ellis will lead out the two teams - featuring the likes of former England goalkeeper David James and Girls Aloud singer Sarah Harding - and play in front of a bumper crowd for the first time since his diagnosis.
 
And he's doing it all to help raise money for his dad Lance's charity, Sports Traider, which helps transform the lives of troubled, disabled and disadvantaged kids through sport.
 
Throughout his battle, Ellis used his love of basketball to help ease the side effects of his treatment and combat fatigue, allowing him to remain positive and focused. Thanks to the support given by the Teenage Cancer unit and Leicester Riders to get back playing, he now wants to show others the power of sport to change lives.


Haggith senior, winner of the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Unsung Hero award 2010, first launched the Hoops Aid game four years ago at the Copper Box.
 
Since then, the glitzy, action-packed event has outgrown its surroundings and linked up with the British Basketball League on an annual basis as part of their showcase Play-off Final. 
 
Haggith has recently received an honorary doctorate for services to sport and will be at the O2 to see his son complete his remarkable journey.
 
Hoops Aid takes place on Sunday, May 14th at London's O2 Arena.
 
For more info and tickets, visit: http://bit.ly/HOOPS17
Or click here for a taste of past Hoops Aid action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYyeRreLLic