Seraph is an extremely cheeky little monkey, as many four-year-old children are. He likes dinosaurs, Lego, Minecraft, and giggling like an idiot. Most of all though, he loves his big brother, Logan.
Seraph also has high-risk neuroblastoma – an aggressive childhood cancer, with only a 40% chance of surviving the next five years.
He’s been through so much in the way of treatment already. His family hope he will finish immunotherapy in May 2019 and show no evidence of disease. Yet almost 50% of children will relapse and their survival chance then drops dramatically to less than 1 in 10.
So, Seraph’s parents are appealing for your help to fundraise for his treatment, a vaccine in New York that’s showing promise in reducing the chances of relapse. They need to raise £237,000 by June to give him the best chance of living cancer-free.
“Seraph’s gift is to make people laugh. It’s this gift that keeps us going,” says mum, Cass.
Seraph’s neuroblastoma story
In 2017, he was a just normal three-year-old, finding his feet at nursery, making new friends, and climbing on everything!
One night, just before Christmas, he fell out of his cot and broke his arm. “Just our luck, we thought. Not knowing what was to come,” says Cass. “Over Christmas, he still seemed in a lot of pain, so we returned to hospital.”
An exploratory ultrasound revealed a tumour in his abdomen and further investigation showed the cancer was in his skeleton and bone marrow.
“The broken arm had very much been ‘a lucky break.’ When they said the word, ‘cancer’, I just went numb. We still can’t believe it’s happening to our little boy.”
In the year since Seraph was diagnosed, he has been through so much. He’s had surgery, three different types of chemotherapy (which has left him with long-term side-effects like hearing loss), stem cell transplant (which had him in isolation for a month, and in hospital for two) and radiotherapy.
“He was the first child at Addenbrooke’s to undergo five weeks of radiotherapy for this disease, and did each day without general anaesthetic, which we’re told is unusual for a child so young,” says Cass.
Fighting to be able to play
“It’s hard to cope day-to-day, but we try to take our lead from him. He’s very much less worry more play!”
“His main concern has always been how soon he can get out into the hospital garden to play Power Rangers. During each treatment, he fights to get back out there. He’s our inspiration, and we owe it to him to fight just as hard.”
Seraph’s fundraising campaign
Almost half of the children who make it through frontline treatment relapse. It means that Seraph’s family are fundraising for the Bivalent Vaccine clinical trial, currently only available at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. It’s going to cost £237,000 to access and is his best chance of living cancer-free.
“Logan is our moon. Seraph is our sun. I honestly don’t know what we’d do without him. Every child deserves a full and happy life, and we need both our children to shine,” says Cass.
How you can help
There are many ways you can help Seraph: by making a personal donation; holding a fundraising event; getting sponsored to take on a challenge; or simply by following and sharing Seraph’s story through his Facebook page, Twitter profile, or follow @teamsuperseraph on Instagram.
Download our free Seraph resources (below) to support your fundraising, and CLICK HERE for even more resources, including fundraising ideas, templates and guidance.
If you’d like to help supporting Seraph’s campaign, please get in touch with the fundraising team on 0207 284 0800 and email@example.com.