Brain tumour not stopping boy from living life to the fullest

11-year-old wins praise - and award - for raising funds and inspiring others

Mr Ken Lim and his son Javier having their heads shaved for Hair for Hope in July. This is Javier's 10th time participating in the event to show support for cancer patients. His selflessness and positive outlook on life won him a Singapore Health Ins
Mr Ken Lim and his son Javier having their heads shaved for Hair for Hope in July. This is Javier's 10th time participating in the event to show support for cancer patients. His selflessness and positive outlook on life won him a Singapore Health Inspirational Patient Award given out by SingHealth this year.ST PHOTO: LEE JIA WEN

At just 11 years of age, Javier Lim has been through five major operations to remove a benign but recurring tumour from his brain.

The tumour was located at the cerebellum, near the back of the head, and pressed on Javier's optic nerve. Surgical removal was the most feasible option.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 28, 2018, with the headline 'Brain tumour not stopping boy from living life to the fullest'. Subscribe