A Hampshire family has launched an urgent appeal for donations to help send their son for life-saving cancer treatment in Spain.
Oliver Warner, 5, from Basingstoke, is suffering with Neuroblastoma, a cancer which develops in the nerve tissue.
Although there are cancer treatments available in the UK, the service which has the biggest chance of saving Oliver’s life is only available at Sant Joan de Deu-Barcelona, at the cost of more than £200,000.
So far, the family have raised £60,000 of that total. They have until end of this year to raise the remainder of the funds.
The youngster was originally diagnosed with the disease when he was just three years old. He later went into remission when he received the all clear.
Unfortunately, earlier this year in January, Oliver’s cancer came back and he was re-diagnosed.
As the NHS do not offer the treatment he needs, Oliver’s parents are going all the can to find the money to afford the treatment for their son.
To cover the treatment and expenses, it will cost Oliver and his family a total of £203,000.
Parents Jo and Matt Warner have started a direct donation page, JustGiving page and many fundraising activities for everyone to get involved.
Posting an emotional video appeal on social media, Jo said: “With your help we can get Oliver the treatment he needs to survive.
“I am asking you from the bottom of my heart to help save my little boy’s life.
“All we want is for Oliver to have a normal life.”
Some actives which have already been a great success include fun runs, cake sales, and a karaoke night at Harper Bar Broadstairs, Kent, which is taking place tonight.
To find out more information about Oliver’s appeal, visit https://www.facebook.com/pg/OliversfightagainstNeuroblastoma/photos/?ref=page_internal
What is Neuroblastoma? – According to the NHS website:
- Neuroblastoma is a rare type of cancer that mostly affects babies and young children.
- It develops from specialised nerve cells (neuroblasts) left behind from a baby’s development in the womb.
- Neuroblastoma most commonly occurs in one of the adrenal glands situated above the kidneys, or in the nerve tissue that runs alongside the spinal cord in the neck, chest, tummy or pelvis