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Co Antrim boy determined not to let rare skin condition affect dreams of becoming professional goalkeeper

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Brave: Elijah Cree is pursuing his dream of becoming a professional goalie. Credit: Peter Morrison

Brave: Elijah Cree is pursuing his dream of becoming a professional goalie. Credit: Peter Morrison

Elijah with mum Hannah, dad Adam and sister Ari-Ela at Carrickfergus football pitch. Credit: Peter Morrison

Elijah with mum Hannah, dad Adam and sister Ari-Ela at Carrickfergus football pitch. Credit: Peter Morrison

Elijah’s condition was diagnosed at a young age

Elijah’s condition was diagnosed at a young age

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Brave: Elijah Cree is pursuing his dream of becoming a professional goalie. Credit: Peter Morrison

Eight-year-old Elijah Cree was born with an unusual birthmark on the top of his head and diagnosed with congenital melanocytic naevi — known as CMN.

The condition causes large, hairy birthmarks and an increased risk of skin cancer, and also means Elijah’s skin can be more fragile and prone to injury.


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