Little Boy Writes Heartbreaking Bucket List After Third Cancer Diagnosis


A five-year-old boy who’s battling cancer for the third time has written a heart-breaking bucket list of all the things he wants to do if he beats the disease.

Olly McKay was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma in 2012 when he was just 15-months-old after his parent’s Emma and Paul discovered a lump in his testicles.

Two months after his initial treatment the disease returned and although Olly beat cancer again it has unfortunately returned for a third time and doctors have confirmed there’s only a slim chance of him beating the disease.


While doctors plan on using chemotherapy to keep the cancer at bay Olly has begun writing a bucket list of things he’d like to do with his parents to create some happy memories.

So far his list includes going to Disneyland, seeing the Eiffel Tower and going on a ‘duck bus’ in London.


Speaking to the Plymouth Herald Olly’s mum Emma said: 

He was only 15-months-old when we found a lump in his testicle which was initially diagnosed as something else. The doctors weren’t overly happy and so we were referred for tests – it was a solid lump that needed removing.

We were sent to Bristol on a children’s cancer ward and it wasn’t until then we thought, actually, something might be really wrong. We were devastated when we got the news.

But Olly has been amazing – he sailed through his first treatment but it came back within two months the second time. After, he was back thriving at school – it was in March when we found out he had it [cancer] again – we weren’t expecting it.

We both knew if it came back a third time it wasn’t going to be good. We were told [doctors] expect to manage it and give him x number of years. We are realistic about it but we always hope Olly will be the exception to the rule.


Olly is currently recovering from his last round of chemotherapy in Derriford Hospital and it’s curently expected he’ll need three or five more cycles before looking at the possibility of moving to weekly infusions managed with daily tablets.

To fulfil his bucket list one of Emma’s friends has set up a raffle and auction to raise enough cash to make Olly’s bucket list a reality.

Meanwhile another family friend has set up a Justgiving page for Olly, which has currently raised more than £5,000.

Emma said her and her family have been ‘overwhelmed’ by the support of not just their friends but also the general public who’ve donated their money to help Olly.