Leonardo's campaign

Leonardo is a five-year-old from London who loves superheroes and motorcycles. In May 2022, Leonardo was diagnosed with high-risk neuroblastoma and he completed frontline treatment in July 2023 but sadly his disease progressed.

Fundraising total£325,299.00

Leonardo loves Ninjago Lego, skiing and his baby sister Arianna. When he is not in hospital, he likes nothing more than spending time with her.

In May 2022, Leonardo was diagnosed with high-risk neuroblastoma, a rare and aggressive childhood cancer that has a 40-50% chance of long-term survival at diagnosis.

Thanks to the incredible support for Leonardo's campaign, Leonardo and his family travelled to Rome in September 2023 so he could start to be treated using CAR T cell therapy with the hope of getting him into remission.

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Leonardo’s story 

At three and a half years old, Leonardo started complaining about tummy ache, lost his appetite and was tired and lethargic. These symptoms lingered for weeks and only seemed to worsen. After many inconclusive trips to the GP and paediatricians, an ultrasound revealed a large mass in his abdomen.

In May 2022, Leonardo was diagnosed with high-risk neuroblastoma, a rare and aggressive childhood cancer. He started treatment straight away at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London.

Treatment so far 

Since his diagnosis, Leonardo has completed 14 months of gruelling treatment which has included chemotherapy, high-dose chemotherapy, surgery to remove the primary tumour (for which the family had to travel to France as the tumour was deemed inoperable by surgeons in the UK), five cycles of immunotherapy and 12 days of radiotherapy.

He has experienced several treatment related complications including requiring a second surgery to fix a small bowel obstruction following surgery to remove this tumour, veno-occlusive disease and countless side effects.

“As a family we have spent birthdays, Christmas and most holidays in the hospital.”

Leonardo’s mum, Yana

Next steps

As he came to the end of frontline treatment, the family were devastated to discover that the residual mass in Leonardo's abdomen was larger than expected, indicating that there may have been disease progression at some point since Leonardo had surgery.

Treating high-risk neuroblastoma successfully is particularly challenging. In Leonardo’s case, where his disease may have progressed, options available for treatment on the NHS become more limited. 

The family have been supported by their treating team and Solving Kids’ Cancer UK to identify the right treatment for Leonardo, with CAR T cell therapy in Rome identified as a promising next treatment step.

Thanks to the incredible support for Leonardo's campaign, Leonardo and his family are travelling to Rome in September 2023 so he can start to be treated using CAR T cell therapy with the hope of getting him into remission.

“We thought we would never be asking for help in such a public way. It’s so scary putting your child, yourself and your family out there but we are desperate to do everything we can to save him. As a family, we are doing all we can so that Leonardo can access treatment not available on the NHS, but it may not be enough, especially if we would need to access other clinical trials down the road, which all come at a considerable cost. A donation from you could help Leonardo and give him a chance to live.”

Leonardo’s parents, Yana and Lorenzo

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Funds raised will go towards helping Leonardo and his family. If Leonardo no longer needs the funds or is in remission five years post the end of successful treatment, the funds will be used to support other children and families affected by neuroblastoma through our activities. For children with high-risk neuroblastoma, like Leonardo, the survival rate is much lower than other childhood cancers. Upon relapse, this rate reduces even further.

Donations and comments

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Generous donation£25,000.00

Donated on: 8th September 2023

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Donated on: 1st September 2023

Kind donation received for Leonardo.

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Donated on: 1st September 2023

Generous corporate donation for Leonardo.

Anonymous£36,671.48

Donated on: 21st August 2023

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