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National cancer charity backs Hoddlesden boy Sam Shaw
2:00pm Saturday 10th August 2013 in News
A CHILDREN’S cancer charity has made a nationwide plea to get a four-year-old from Hoddlesden to the US for treatment.
The parents of neuroblastoma sufferer Sam Shaw were told in January the best way to save their son was to raise £250,000 to fly him to Philadelphia.
A deadline of October 31 has been set for Sam to receive the immunotherapy treatment, with him set to undergo radiotherapy at the end of next month.
The NCCA, a charity that helps children with neuroblastoma, has got behind the push to raise the final few thousand pounds for the treatment, which would increase the probability of him surviving by 20 per cent.
Bettina Bungay-Balway, chief executive of the NCCA UK, said: “The NCCA UK is committed to helping Sam’s family raise funds while also doing everything we can to change the availability of treatments in the UK.
“We want to make the kind of pioneering trial Sam needs available to more children here in the UK.”
Fundraising events have taken place across East Lancashire for Sam, who lives in Glencoe Avenue with his mum and dad, Christine and Carl.
Christine said: “As a parent, all you want is to protect your child and see them grow up.
“We are so grateful for the incredible response from the local community so far.
“Now we ask these loyal supporters to help us with a final push to give Sam the chance of life he so desperately needs.”
Sam is now in Manchester Children’s Hospital, recovering from extensive chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant in his fight against the disease.
The Sam Shaw Appeal fundraising total has surpassed £220,000, with thousands of pounds coming in all the time.
To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/samshawappeal
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