THE parents of a boy stricken with cancer face a race against time.
Rebecca and Dominic White-Carter have been told by doctors in Yorkshire there is no more treatment available for their son, Pierce.
Now his only hope of battling against neuroblastoma is treatment abroad – but that could cost up to £¼m.
They are waiting for doctors in Germany to give the go-ahead to take nine-year-old Pierce for a revolutionary form of treatment.
It is a form of chemotherapy called RIST therapy which works along with pills called inhibitors to boost the effects.
But the family need to raise the funds and have been overwhelmed by the support from family and friends in Huddersfield, who are busy organising fundraising events.
Cowlersley Primary School pupil Pierce was diagnosed a day before his 8th birthday with neuroblastoma, which affects the nervous system and travels to many parts of the body.
Since then he has been in and out of hospital and has undergone several rounds of gruelling chemotherapy.
His condition has fluctuated greatly, with him able to return to school at one point but also low periods when he has been very ill.
“To look at him now you would not think there was a great deal wrong with him”, said Rebecca.
“But the doctors at Leeds General Infirmary, who have been great, said there is no point carrying on with the chemo as it is having no effect”.
She added: “It was devastating news.
“Pierce has been in for another round of chemo but they told us they could not give him any more.
“They said tests had shown the treatment was having no effect at all on the cancer and that it is as bad now as it has ever been
“It is a real blow to us. It means our only hope is to look abroad, such as Germany or the United States.
“We don’t think he would be accepted for the treatment in the States but we are now in touch with doctors in Germany and are waiting to see if he can be treated there.
“It is a final hope for us”.
The family, of Luton Street, Cowlersley, are now hoping fundraising throughout the town will help.
Family friend Zoe Stevenson is one of those who is hoping to help.
She and friends are planning a number of events including a race night at Paddock Con Club on Saturday March 26.
“We know it is a lot of money that is needed, but we want to do all we can.
“A lot of people are involved in planning events and we hope it can help Pierce.
“A Facebook site has been set up and has gathered a lot of support and we hope people will come forward to help and support us”.
A national cancer charity is also helping and you can contribute to Pierce’s fund by logging on to www.bmycharity.com and search for Pierce.
The Facebook link is http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_193580103991466