Mikey is 5 years old and has just started year 1 at school. He loves all things dinosaur-related, playing with his little brother Bobby and generally using his cheeky sense of humour to his full advantage as much as he can!
Back in December 2017, when Mikey was just 20 months old, after a trip to A&E due to a “hardness” in his tummy, the doctors diagnosed him with stage 4 high-risk neuroblastoma. Further tests revealed that he had a tumour spanning from above his right kidney to across almost his entire abdomen and that the disease had also spread to his bone marrow.
Mikey’s mum, Caroline, says: “I will never forget when the news was broken to us. I was heavily pregnant at the time and we were all looking forward to Mikey’s first proper Christmas and to introducing him to a little baby brother. What happened after we first walked into A&E is beyond any parents’ worst nightmare”.
Mikey started chemotherapy on Christmas Eve that year, followed by surgery, high dose chemotherapy with stem cell transplant, radiotherapy and immunotherapy treatment. During these 15 months of aggressive frontline treatment, his family fundraised with Solving Kids’ Cancer to make themselves as prepared as they could be for the possibility of further treatment. At the start of 2019, Mikey received clear end of frontline 
treatment scans and the family flew to New York to access a clinical vaccine trial designed to help stop his cancer from returning. Over the next 12 months, the family continued to travel to New York on several occasions to complete the vaccine programme, which Mikey finished in April 2020 at the very beginning of the pandemic. Mikey has since continued to show no evidence of the disease.
His mum says: “I still often almost do a double-take when looking at Mikey today, such is the difference between how he looks now compared to when he was at the height of his illness. Solving Kids’ Cancer has been a huge part of our lives during the journey - it is impossible to put into words how invaluable they have been. The part that they have played, in terms of helping us access the vaccine trial (including during a global pandemic) but also in terms of day-to-day support and guidance during the neuroblastoma journey, is truly never forgotten. The importance of their continued work to pioneer new ways for children to receive less toxic treatments and ultimately to beat this awful disease is simply enormous".