Freddie is a kind, happy, gentle, bubbly little boy who loves sharing ‘huggles’ (cuddles) with his big brother, Oscar. He was diagnosed with high-risk neuroblastoma at the age of just two.
Since then, Freddie’s brave battle with the disease has seen him endure surgery, 80 hours of chemotherapy and he has radiotherapy and immunotherapy to come.
Even if Freddie makes it to full remission, as we all hope, there is still almost a 50% chance of the cancer returning. If this happens, Freddie’s chance of survival dramatically drops to less than 10%.
So, Freddie’s parents, Emily and Phillip, are fundraising for further treatment, either to get their precious boy into remission or to keep the cancer away if his frontline treatment does go to plan.
“We are really interested in a vaccine in New York that’s potentially life-saving. While the cost could be almost £250,000, the thought of Freddie not receiving treatment to give him the best chance is unthinkable.”
Freddie’s story – “The bottom fell out of our world”
Freddie’s fight began when he was two years old, with trips to the doctors every couple of weeks. He wasn’t eating like usual. He started vomiting, losing weight, stopped sleeping through the night and became very clingy.
Freddie’s symptoms worsened, and he was immediately sent to York District Hospital by his GP, where an ultrasound scan was carried out. Speaking about what happened on that day, his parents said: “We were taken into a room and our worst fears were confirmed, as the bottom fell out of our world: Freddie had cancer.”
Freddie needed 80 days of chemotherapy, followed by surgery to remove the tumour, then a stem cell transplant. During these gruelling three months, Freddie was admitted to hospital with high temperatures and infections as a result of the chemotherapy’s effects on his immune system.
It all caused Freddie intense pain. “We couldn’t hold him because of the pain in his spine from the neuroblastoma, he would say it hurt when he was sat or standing,” his parents said. “Heartbreaking when your little boy is feeling poorly and needs comforting but is in too much pain to give him a hug.”
Freddie has also spent a long time in an isolation ward, having had high dose chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant. He is the most poorly he has been throughout his 6-month fight. Freddie still has radiotherapy and immunotherapy to come, when we all hope he will show no evidence of this awful disease.
Freddie’s parents, Emily and Phillip, are fundraising for further treatment, either to get their precious boy into remission or to keep the cancer away if his frontline treatment does go to plan.
They are particularly interested in the Bivalent Vaccine clinical trial at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York that’s showing promising signs in reducing the high chances of relapse. It could cost hundreds of thousands of pounds, but it could also be Freddie’s best chance of long-term survival.
“We ask you from the bottom of our hearts to please help our little Freddie as much as you are able.”
How you can help
There are many ways you can help Freddie: by making a personal donation; holding a fundraising event; getting sponsored to take on a challenge; or simply by following and sharing Freddie’s story through his: Facebook page or Twitter account.
To donate by text, send “FREDDIESFIGHT” 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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