CANCER battler Oliver Field is undergoing gruelling new treatment.
The brave Dalton youngster has started chemotherapy for his relapsed neuroblastoma.
He is at home after the first week of sessions at Leeds General Infirmary but faces two more sessions in the coming weeks.
And his family still do not know what will happen if the chemotherapy does not work.
It had been thought the two-year-old toddler was beating the rare form of cancer after a series of tests last summer showed no evidence of it.
He had been diagnosed with the neuroblastoma, a rare and aggressive form of the disease, when he was just eight months old.
The family is desperate to step up the fundraising in case Oliver will need expensive life-saving treatment abroad.
The cost could be as high as £250,000 and the money would need to be raised quickly as Oliver may require the treatment within six months.
The appeal to help him has been getting more and more support and there are more events planned in the coming weeks – welcome news to mum Laura, who has been at the hospital bedside of her son.
“His tests came back and confirmed that he did in fact have it back, as we all knew he did, but all the boxes had to be ticked before the chemo could be given as it is very toxic stuff.
“He’s coped really well so far, but this week will be the test to see how harsh the side effects will be.
“We’ve been told to expect his blood counts to drop rapidly, so he will be prone to infection and get sleepy, he will get a sore mouth, tummy and bottom which will be extremely painful, his hair will go and sickness and all the rest.
“He’s already not eating and his eyes look sunken and he’s just not his happy little self.”
She said that Oliver faces different challenges to most children with a disease that has spread.
“We need to be radical, he may be eligible to try a new radiotherapy drug and he may also be able to try a new treatment in Germany but this costs a minimum of £250,000.
“We will have to wait and see how the chemo works in the coming weeks before the doctors decide what could be best.”
She said the appeal has increased in popularity and has raised over £10,000 this month with a total now of nearly £55,000.
If Oliver does not need the money it will be given to other children in similar situations.
The appeal has just had £2,500 donated by Longwood Engineering at Aspley from their charitable budget due to a mention by Andy Gosling who helped out at a bag-pack for the appeal.
Neighbours of the family have also set up a charity auction and disco on February 8 at Bagden Hall in Scissett.
Tickets cost £15 and include a hot buffet, with some fantastic auction items and raffle prizes. And Barclays Bank have agreed to double what they make at the event up to £3,000.
For tickets please contact 07980 493299 or email firstname.lastname@example.org