My bike ride will take place on the 12 of June 2021. And if anyone wants to join the ride, email me at [email protected]

Chloe had always been a bubbly healthy little girl, she was never ill. At 18 months, her parents, Karen and Richard, took her to the doctor after she complained that her tummy hurt. On referral to a dietician, the advice was to stop giving Chloe milk and leave her on formula milk. Chloe seemed fine.

Eight months later, Chloes parents noticed that their daughters appetite had reduced and she had become very lethargic, sweaty and pale, with her tummy becoming very bloated. She was having difficulty walking and her parents became seriously concerned.

Visits to the GP and local A&E resulted in Chloe undergoing a range of tests. On 25th October, an ultrasound was performed. Karen said that within an hour our world was turned upside down. We were given the devastating news that our precious daughter Chloe had a tumour in her tummy believed to be a form of childhood cancer called neuroblastoma.

Having never heard the word, Karen and Richard were in complete shock, but things moved at breakneck speed.

Just three days later the family were transferred to Great Ormond Street Childrens Hospital for further tests. Karen explains: We were told she had advanced stage 4 high-risk metastatic neuroblastoma, meaning the tumours had spread throughout her body. She had a large tumour in her abdomen and the cancer was in her bone marrow throughout her skeleton.

Like more than half of children diagnosed with neuroblastoma, the cancer was already at an advanced stage by the time it was discovered. It felt as if we were going to lose her at any minute, they said.

The family was determined not to lose hope and Chloe started treatment. Karen and Richard tried to keep Chloe unaware of their mounting fears. Chloe spent months in hospital enduring countless tests with chemotherapy surgery, stem cell harvesting, high dose chemotherapy, radiotherapy surgery and immunotherapy.

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My bike ride will take place on the 12 of June 2021. And if anyone wants to join the ride, contact me on my email [email protected]

Andre Marques