I promised a picture of Tom, when he played Robin Hood in the school play...here he is!
This is Oscar. He is one of my son Tom's close friends.
Tom and Oscar were born within a day of each other and have grown up together. Last year, just after his 8th birthday we found out that Oscar had a Medulloblastoma, a type of brain tumour. He had 11 hours of surgery to remove the tumour, followed by lots and lots of chemo. Throughout the year of his treatment, he spent many hours raising money for the Candlelighters Charity.
The boys were 9yrs old in February and the week after the school play Oscar relapsed. An MRI scan showed that the cancer is back, the cancer cells are all over his brain and spine.
There is no known cure for this relapse and for now the disease is being controlled until a different treatment plan can be found. There are a number of promising research and clinical trials starting up which could give Oscar the chance he needs to live a full life. However these trials are not in the UK, and hundreds of thousands of pounds now need to be raised in a relatively short space of time, in order to send Oscar abroad to be able to participate in these trials.
I don't think that our crafty blogs are the right place to ask for money. I would ask, however, that if you know of any companies or businesses that donate to things like this, then please pass on the link to Oscar's site, you can find it here.
Please say a prayer for him. He needs all the help he can get now.
Edited : We've just heard that Manchester United Football Club have 'tweeted' about Oscar's fighting fund - Oscar was a Mascot at one of their games last year. There's some fantastic support out there.