|He has wowed sell-out crowds all over the world and performed in front of the Queen. |
But tomorrow, Joe Longthorne faces his biggest challenge of all when he undergoes a bone marrow transplant.
After fighting for almost 20 years, the transplant is the international star's only hope of finally being free of cancer.
Fans have inundated him with messages of support as he prepares for his operation in Manchester.
Today, we add our own message of goodwill to one of the best-loved entertainers this city has ever seen.
Joe Longthorne was always a league apart, winning a talent contest when he was just four years old.
He went on to achieve great personal success, rubbing shoulders with the world's most famous stars, but never lost touch with his Hessle Road roots.
Through his talent, Joe has brought joy to millions. But he has also used his talent to help those less fortunate, raising thousands of pounds for charity.
Even when his body was racked with pain through endless courses of chemotherapy, Joe used what energy he had to thrill his fans with sell-out concerts time and again.
Today, we send him our best wishes.
We, like his legions of fans, hope he will recover and soon be well enough to return to the stage to see his name in lights once more.