'We will fight to the end to keep him by our side' - Fundraising campaign for boy with tumour
PUBLISHED: 10:40 06 August 2019 | UPDATED: 11:18 06 August 2019
Fundraising for an eight-year-old Norfolk boy to receive the specialist proton therapy treatment he urgently needs has reached the £30,000 mark towards a target of £70,000.
Harry Addy, from Rivermead, Stalham, has a spinal cord tumour and his family need to raise the money for treatment in Germany, as it's not available on the NHS.
Mother Melanie Addy said: "We are having a funday to raise money for Harry's proton therapy on Saturday.
"Hopefully, Harry will have proton therapy at the start of next year.
"Last month things took a turn for the worse and he had emergency brain surgery at Addenbrooke's in Cambridge.
"He's now doing okay, but he's still having weekly chemotherapy."
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Harry was diagnosed on December 2, 2015, and he had two major operations to remove the spinal tumour in January 2016.
His mother added: "He had to learn to walk and had one year of failed chemotherapy, starting in February 2017.
"In April 2018 he started one-and-a-half years of new weekly chemotherapy that is working, which means the tumour has not grown, but it's still there, and still the same size as when he started this chemotherapy.
"In June this year he had emergency brain surgery to have a shunt fitted. This was due to bad headaches, numbness in the hand, sleepiness and dizziness caused by swollen ventricles in his brain."
As well as the tumour in his spinal cord, Harry has leptomeningeal disease in his brain.
Mrs Addy said on their JustGiving page: "As a family we are beyond broken, but we are still trying to raise the money for Harry's proton therapy. All money raised will go to getting Harry proton treatment he needs and creating smiles along the way. "Some days are harder than others, some days the smile is harder to fake, but every day I know how lucky we are to still have our beautiful boy and we will fight to the end to keep him by our side."
The 'Harry's Journey' fun-day is at Stalham Sports Centre from 1-4pm on Saturday, August 10.
For more information or to donate, visit https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/protons-for-harry