Little Charlie Grantham is appealing for the public’s help after being diagnosed with high risk neuroblastoma, an aggressive childhood cancer.
The two-year-old, from Scawby near Brigg, was diagnosed in November after his mother, Chrissy Coggan, noticed he had stopped eating and his abdomen had doubled in size.
Charlie and his parents visited his GP several times and on the fourth visit the doctor said Charlie should go to hospital. He underwent numerous tests and scans which revealed a cancerous tumour in his abdomen.
Chrissy said: “My world just stopped. All I could think was this was it, I was going to lose my little boy. Why him? What had he done to deserve this? He hasn’t had a life and it’s not fair.
“It was then that we started on our long and difficult journey.
“We were told Charlie’s cancer was neuroblastoma which was very difficult to treat and may require treatment abroad.”
Neuroblastoma is most common in children under five and in most cases is only diagnosed when it has already progressed to a ‘high risk’ stage.
The NCCA UK (Neuroblastoma Children’s Cancer Alliance UK) helps children access potentially life-saving treatment.
Chrissy said: “Charlie needs your help. Please support my son and donate to his appeal to help children with neuroblastoma.”
NCCA UK chief executive Bettina Bungay-Balwah said: “We’re still working tirelessly to raise funds for new UK trials and bring promising international treatments to the UK, but unfortunately some families and friends are left with no other option but to fundraise for specialist trialled treatment when needed.
“I would urge anybody reading this to give what they can to help Charlie beat this aggressive cancer.”
To make a donation visit justgiving.com/NCCAUKCharliesJourney or text CHCR83 and your amount (£1-£10) to 70070.