Oliver is a happy and active four-year-old boy who loves to play with his little brother Alfie and his friends at school. little boy in rugby top

Oliver is battling 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. 

Hiparents are fundraising so Oliver can access the Bivalent Vaccine clinical trial at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York by March 2021. 

Oliver’s Story 

In January 2020 Oliver was taken to the GP after his parents noticed changes to his skin. He was taken for a blood test and the following day had further tests and scans.  

The day passed in a blur as our happy little boy suddenly became frightened, withdrawn and looked very poorly. I was shocked when they said that Oliver needed to stay overnight whilst they looked further into the test results,” says Oliver’s mum, Laura. 

Two days after taking him to the GP, on Friday 17th January Oliver’s parents were told the devastating news that Oliver had high-risk neuroblastoma. A lump had been found on his kidney and the cancer had spread to his bone marrow, skull and his eye sockets. Due to the proximity of the cancer cells to Oliver’s eye nerves, the chemotherapy treatment was started the very next day. 

Everything happened so quickly that we barely had time to process what was happening. It was all such a blur of confusion, questions, tears and fear,” says Laura. 

Treatment 

Oliver completed course of 9 rounds of chemotherapy, and he recovered quickly after each round, especially enjoying the attention from the nurses and playing with the toys in the playroom 

Oliver has also endured surgery to remove the tumour, high dose chemotherapystem cell transplant and radiotherapy 

He gave us the strength and bravery that we all needed to get through this,” says Laura. 

As Oliver was receiving high dose chemotherapy, COVID-19 hit resulting in Oliver and dad James having to spend 7 weeks isolating in hospital 

“As well as not being able to see each other, lockdown meant that our previous support network of family and friends were now no longer allowed to be near us, to support us or to help us,” says Laura. 

During his stem cell transplant, Oliver became extremely ill and suffered from Graft-Versus-Host disease as well as Veno-Occlusive Disease. Eventuallyhe was allowed home for the first time and he was on his feet playing with his brother Alfie every day.  

Oliver’s Fundraising Campaign 

Oliver is now undergoing immunotherapy and is due to complete frontline treatment in March 2021The family are fundraising so that he can access the Bivalent Vaccine trial in New York at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center once frontline treatment is completed that aims to keep the cancer from returning. 

We never want to see our little boy go through such cruel treatments again and we hope that this vaccine will give him a higher chance of living a full and fulfilling life,” says Laura.

How you can help

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

To donate by text, send “OLIVERS” 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 Oliver’s campaign, please get in touch with the fundraising team on 0207 284 0800 and [email protected]

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