Aaron is growing into a happy young man, full of energy and banter. He loves adventure and playing with his sister and friends! Aaron has a real head for technology and not surprising loves gaming and YouTube, and has also recently been playing dodgeball.
But Aaron has relapsed neuroblastoma, the cancer devastatingly coming back after five and a half years of remission.
There is no standard treatment path for children who relapse, and their chances of long-term survival currently stand at less than 10%.
Aaron’s family are now fundraising for further treatment that isn’t available on the NHS – clinical trials to try and get their precious boy back into remission or to keep the cancer away if he does show no evidence of the disease.
“After five and a half years of living our best lives, our worst fear has been realised,” says Louise, Aaron’s mum.
Aaron was a wee fun boy and loved anything Fireman Sam related. He wanted to grow up to be a part-time fireman/part-time teacher. He never had any serious illnesses as a baby.
While Aaron was riding his bike just before his 4th birthday, he complained about sore legs and hips. His parents then noticed swelling in Aaron’s groin area. After many visits to the doctors, they took Aaron to the local hospital. The next few days were taken up with blood tests and investigations.
Sadly, on the 18th August 2011, Louise and Douglas were given the news that Aaron had stage 3 neuroblastoma. “It was a massive blow for the whole family and we found out just two days after we celebrated my pregnancy with Aaron’s sister,” says Louise.
“It was unbearable news that no-one ever imagines hearing about their child. We felt an overwhelming sense of shock and disbelief and fear over what the future held, plus the possibility that we could lose our little boy.”
Aaron started a treatment plan almost straight away. He had six months of chemotherapy followed by an eight-hour surgery to remove the majority of the tumour. After this, he was given 15 days of radiotherapy and coped remarkably well throughout treatment.
After a couple more surgical procedures Aaron was back on top form and off to be a primary school student.
Relapsing years later
“In November 2017, I noticed a lump on the top of Aaron’s leg. Despite the denial and trying to spare us all the pain and heartache that was to come, we all knew what it was,” says Louise.
It was confirmed that Aaron had relapsed. “It was devastating for all of us again, to think that our beautiful boy would have to endure this horrendous treatment again.”
After a discussion with their consultant, a plan was put in place. Five rounds of chemotherapy followed by high-dose chemotherapy. The consultant had hoped the high-dose chemotherapy would kill off the cancer and the surgical team at Great Ormond Street Hospital were involved to see if they could attempt to take Aaron’s tumour out. But the chemo didn’t work and the surgery was deemed impossible.
Aaron then took part in the Beacon Trial in Glasgow from September 2018 to January 2019, but unfortunately, his January scan results showed that his disease had progressed he was taken off the trial.
Aaron’s fundraising campaign
Aaron’s family are fundraising for further treatment that isn’t available on the NHS – clinical trials to try and get their precious boy back into remission.
“It takes a whole community to fight childhood cancer, please join our Aaron on his journey,” says Louise.
How you can help
There are many ways you can help Aaron: by making a personal donation; holding a fundraising event; getting sponsored to take on a challenge.
To donate by text, send “AARON” followed by any whole amount up to £20 to 70085. This will cost your donation plus your standard network charge. It won’t matter if you leave a space before the number, if you include a ‘£’ sign or whether you use upper or lower case.
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