A seven-year-old boy from Epsom who is battling cancer has launched a fundraising appeal to raise money for treatment not available in the UK.
Adam Bird, a pupil at Wallace Fields Junior School, in Dorling Drive, Ewell, was diagnosed with high-risk Neuroblastoma in 2009 - an aggressive childhood cancer which accounts for 15 per cent of cancer deaths in children.
While Adam’s cancer is now classed as stable, he will soon travel to Germany to begin a six-month course of treatment not available on the NHS, supported by the children’s cancer charity the Neuroblastoma Alliance.
Supporting children and families affected by the disease, the Neuroblastoma Alliance provides financial assistance for a child’s treatment, which can include chemotherapy, surgery, radiation therapy, stem cell transplant and immunotherapy.
Specialists in America and Europe are trialling new treatments, but if children do not meet the criteria for participation in these trials, they have to pay for their own treatment abroad.
If Adam’s cancer returns after treatment in Germany, his family will be faced with the possibility of travelling to America for further costly treatment.
The Neuroblastoma Alliance is appealing for runners to take part in the British 10k London run on July 10 to raise vital funds for the children’s cancer charity.
For more information about taking part contact Alison Moy, chief executive of the Neuroblastoma Alliance, on 020 8203 0100 or email@example.com Or, to make a donation to Adam’s appeal visit adamsappeal.org. Meanwhile, his blog can be read by visiting adamsappeal.blogspot.com.