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Ipswich teenager and TikTok sensation Harrison Boyd to be remembered with Mount Snowdon climb



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Family members and TikTokers from across the country will climb Mount Snowdon on Saturday in memory of a teenage boy from Ipswich.

Harrison Boyd was 13 years old when he died from a rare cancer, called NUT Carcinoma, in October last year.

NUT Carcinoma can grow anywhere in the body, although it is commonly found in the head and lungs.

"It is a very rare cancer," said his mum Tanya, who will be making the ascent to the top of the highest mountain in Wales.

"It is one of the rarest and deadliest cancers with no cure."

Harrison was initially taken to hospital in February 2021, following complaints of back pain.

Tanya Boyd and her son. Picture: Tanya Boyd
Tanya Boyd and her son. Picture: Tanya Boyd

Doctors found tumours in his body, including one in his lung. He was transferred to a hospital in London, where by that point the cancer had already reached stage four.

He received radiotherapy which reduced the cancer but it then began to spread and he was taken into a hospice.

Seven months on from his death, Harrison, described by his mum as 'kind and considerate', continues to leave a mark on the community.

Tanya, her family and TikTokers will be climbing Mount Snowdon on Saturday. Picture: Tanya Boyd
Tanya, her family and TikTokers will be climbing Mount Snowdon on Saturday. Picture: Tanya Boyd

During his battle, the 13-year-old was a popular TikToker, with a hashtag set up in his honour receiving millions of views.

"The #HarrisonsArmy was to support his TikToks," his mum added.

"They had three billion views on TikTok and became a viral sensation. There was lots of different variations of the hashtag so I don't know how many views it has now."

Climbers will be raising money for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, USA. The foundation is the only place in the world that has conducted research into NUT Carcinoma.

Tanya has already raised £2,000, with a target set of £5,000. To donate, click here.