Henry is a very happy, clever little four-year-old who loves nothing more than dressing up as a firefighter with his little brother and best friend Oliver. Henry is obsessed with anything fireman related and tells everyone what's going to happen when he’s old enough to go to firefighter school.

To get there Henry has to battle a disease no child should have to. He has high-risk neuroblastoma, an aggressive childhood cancer that has a 40-50% chance of long-term survival at diagnosis.

His parents are fundraising so that Henry can access further treatment if he needs to, which may not be available on the NHS. This could be to try and keep the cancer from returning if his current treatment does go to plan or to try and get Henry into remission.

Henry's story

Just before his fourth birthday Henry started to feel unwell and became withdrawn. "Over the course of a month, he stopped eating, had no energy and started to complain of pains when he walked. He just wasn’t himself," says Henry's dad, Graham.

"After a couple of visits to the GP and no improvement, we were referred to the Children’s Assessment Unit at the Queen's Medical Centre (QMC), Nottingham."

Initially, it was suspected it was a virus or infection but in early June, whilst having an MRI scan, a large tumour was discovered in his abdomen. Further tests confirmed that he had high-risk neuroblastoma with n-myc amplification. 

Henry The Brave

Having endured more in seven months than most of us will have to deal with in a lifetime, and all throughout with an attitude of 'just getting on with it', Henry has been given the appropriate nickname 'Henry The Brave'.

"Even in the darkest of times you can still get a thumbs up or will be lasered by his Buzz Lightyear blaster!" 

In June 2019 Henry started with eight rounds of chemotherapy on the Rapid Cojec regime followed by two more rounds of TVD. This allowed him to have a stem cell harvest at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

On 19th December 2019, Henry underwent a seven-hour surgery to remove his tumour and part of his liver. Sadly this meant Christmas 2019 was spent in hospital but the PCCU and E39 wards at QMC were amazing. 

January 2020 saw the next challenge - high dose chemo and stem cell transplant, which requires a long period of isolation. All being well, Henry will move on to radiotherapy and then several months of immunotherapy. 

Henry's fundraising campaign

Henry's parents are fundraising so that he can access further treatment if he needs to. This could be to try and keep the cancer from returning if his current treatment does go to plan or to try and get Henry into remission.

"Every child deserves the chance to enjoy a normal life. We are very grateful for everyone’s support, it helps to provide options and opportunities, whatever direction his journey takes," says Graham.

How you can help

There are many ways you can help Henry: by sharing his story on Twitter; by making a personal donation; holding a fundraising event; getting sponsored to take on a challenge.

Download our free Henry resources (coming soon) to support your fundraising.

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To donate by text, send “HENRYB” followed by any whole amount up to £20 to 70085. This will cost your donation plus your standard network charge. It won’t matter if you leave a space before the number, if you include a ‘£’ sign or whether you use upper or lower case.

If you’d like help supporting Henry’s campaign, please get in touch with the fundraising team on 0207 284 0800 and [email protected]

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