Alfie Sharpe was born on the 19th of August 2007. Alfie is mum and dad Cheree and Steven’s only child. Cheree says, “Alfie is the most beautiful boy in the world –he is our world! He is such a character and has the most infectious laugh imaginable.”
After numerous visits to his doctor and Accident and Emergency at their local hospital in Kilmarnock, Alfie was eventually diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma on the 13th September 2011. Read Alfie’s story below…
Cheree and Steven were devastated to hear that their son had neuroblastoma, but vowed then and there to never give up and to keep fighting to get Alfie better.
Since September, little Alfie has had numerous tests, a central line inserted, 8 rounds of rapid COJEC chemotherapy and 4 rounds of TVD chemotherapy (a combination of topotecan, vincristine and doxorubicin). Alfie’s neuroblastoma did not respond to this frontline treatment, and he is currently receiving new chemotherapy treatment in the form of temozolomide and irinotecan.
So far, Alfie has had minimal response to treatment. His doctors have advised Cheree and Steven that is no other curative therapy available for their son in the UK. Alfie will very soon exhaust all possible options for neuroblastoma treatment in this country.
The family are planning ahead, and depending on how Alfie’s current treatment regime works, they will travel to Germany for immunotherapy to give him a chance of beating the neuroblastoma. If he does not respond to the chemotherapy, Alfie will start on RIST therapy (reduced-intensity allogeneic stem cell transplantation) which is currently being pioneered in Germany.
The proposed treatments abroad will not be funded by the NHS which is why Alfie needs your help. The therapy Alfie requires is likely to cost in excess of £80,000. If you can help, please make a donation to Solving Kids’ Cancer, or organise a fundraising event to raise money for Alfie’s Appeal. Please give as much as you can afford to help Alfie and other children like him. Every donation, no matter how small, helps.
Cheree told us, “Alfie loves all things about fire engines and it’s his dream to be a fireman when he grows up. His daddy and I want to do anything we can to get him there. Alfie has so much fighting spirit we just can’t give up now. Please, please help us to give Alfie the chance he deserves to live the life he deserves and the hope that he can beat this awful disease.”
Sadly Alfie passed away on 21st April 2014 aged 6, after battling neuroblastoma for three years.