Oscar Lymer’s Journey

We are deeply saddened to share the news that beautiful Oscar has passed away.

Oscar relapsed earlier this year and his family were fundraising with Solving Kids’ Cancer in case they needed to access treatment not available on the NHS.

His family shared on Facebook: “I am heartbroken to say that we lost our beautiful baby bear today. The world is a much sadder place. Our love for each other will live on forever.”

Our love and thoughts are with Oscar’s family.

Oscar’s story

Oscar is a very happy 3-year-old who loves being big brother to his twin brother and sister.  His favourite things are Peppa Pig, Paw Patrol and popping bubbles.

But when he was only 18 months old he was diagnosed with high-risk neuroblastoma.  His next 18 months were spent in intensive treatment – chemotherapy, surgery, stem cell recovery, radiotherapy and finally immunotherapy as part of a UK clinical trial.   Oscar responded well but by February 2018 scans confirmed his cancer had come back. He’s currently having more chemotherapy as he waits for a place on a new trial.

Oscar’s future is uncertain – less than 1 in 10 of the 40-50% of children whose cancer comes back, will survive.  If the new trial doesn’t go ahead or if, as is very likely, he needs further treatment not available through the NHS, Oscar’s parents know they will need to consider options abroad which could run into hundreds of thousands of pounds.

Mum Lucy says:  “It’s heart-breaking as a parent watching your child endure such gruelling treatments.  We are so proud of him and how he tackles everything head on. We just want to give him the best chance to be able to grow up and beat this horrible disease that we have seen far too many gorgeous children lost to.”

Please donate to help Oscar fight this devastating disease, and give his family hope.

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Oscar’s fundraising campaign

As Oscar’s family know, high-risk neuroblastoma is an aggressive and complex cancer to treat.  There is currently no standard NHS protocol for treating relapsed neuroblastoma – the only options come in the form of old off-the-shelf agents or clinical trials. Oscar’s family are fundraising in case they need to access treatment options or clinical trials that are not available through the NHS.  This could require hundreds of thousands of pounds.

Please help give Oscar the best chance of beating this devastating disease and his parents hope.

 

How you can help

There are many ways you can help Oscar: by making a personal donation; holding a fundraising event; getting sponsored to take on a challenge; or simply following and sharing Oscar’s story through his Facebook page.

Download our free Oscar resources (below) to support your fundraising, and CLICK HERE for even more resources, including fundraising ideas, templates and guidance.

Terms and Conditions for Journeys

All donations are paid into Solving Kids’ Cancer’s (SKC) general funds to further its general charitable purposes. The funds raised by this Journey are not restricted for the child’s use. However, the trustees of SKC have agreed to designate 90% of funds raised by this Journey to help the child and their family pay for potential future treatment costs and all other associated costs including travel and accommodation. We will use the remaining 10% to pay for SKC’s administrative and fundraising costs.

If the child no longer needs the funds, or if the trustees decide, at their absolute discretion, that the funds should be used for a different purpose, they may redesignate all or part of the 90% for SKC general charitable purposes. We are very grateful for your charitable donation.

For further information about SKC and how we spend donations, please contact info@solvingkidscancer.org.uk

Solving Kids' Cancer Europe a registered charity no. 1135601 and registered company no. 7208648.

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