Joseph is now 16 and was diagnosed in 2013. He completed frontline treatment in 2014 and has been in remission since. He has recently joined the Scouts and really enjoys it.

Fundraising total£308,638.20
“Joseph is a very brave boy, who has dealt with far too much pain and suffering in his early years. He fought with grit and determination, and we are very proud of him.”

Joseph’s mum, Helen

Joseph’s story

In 2013, a few weeks after enjoying Christmas, Joseph began to feel unwell. Several visits had been made to the GP and Joseph was thought to be suffering from a virus. No longer interested in playing with his new Christmas presents, Joseph’s condition worsened and concerned parents, Helen and Mark, took their five-year-old son to casualty. 

Tests revealed that Joseph had high-risk neuroblastoma. A tumour had grown around his kidney with evidence of cancer in his bone marrow, hips, and thighs. 

“Words cannot describe the complete and utter devastation of finding out that our precious child had been diagnosed with neuroblastoma.”

Joseph's mum, Helen

Like more than half of children diagnosed with neuroblastoma, the cancer had spread throughout Joseph’s body by the time it was discovered meaning that Joseph had the high-risk form of the disease. This is significantly more difficult to treat. 

Joseph’s family launched a fundraising campaign with Solving Kids’ Cancer UK in case Joseph needed any treatment not available on the NHS to help him fight the disease.  

Joseph completed treatment in March 2014 and has been NED 'no evidence of disease' ever since. He is now 16!

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High-risk neuroblastoma is an aggressive cancer with high rates of relapse. At relapse, the chance of survival is extremely low. Your donation will enable Solving Kids' Cancer UK to support children like Joseph.

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Solving Kids' Cancer UK's children's fundraising campaigns 

Funds raised through a child's fundraising campaign for access to treatment are spent on their treatment and pastoral needs. Any remaining funds, and all funds raised after five years post the end of the child's treatment, are used to support other children and families through Solving Kids' Cancer UK's activities.

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Helen Lillywhite£10.20

Donated on: 11th November 2020

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Donated on: 12th August 2019

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