A BRAVE teenager who lost a leg to cancer is to be featured on national television on Thursday (December 20).

Kieran Maxwell, from Heighington, near Darlington, was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, which attacks bone tissue, in October 2010.

The illness resulted in the 14-year-old having to have his left leg amputated at the knee.

2012 has been a year of highs for the teenager, who is passionate about gymnastic and dreams of taking part in the 2016 Paralympics in Brazil - if his event is chosen for competition.

The youngster was chosen to carry the Olympic torch through Bishop Auckland, before his fundraising efforts to buy him a new prosthetic limb was boosted by a five-figure donation from Euromillions jackpot winners Colin and Chris Weir, from Scotland.

Kieran and his mother, Nicola, travelled to Manchester to take part in BBC Breakfast.

Mrs Maxwell said Kieran had been excited about the trip and telling a national audience what a special year he has had.