The determined family of a six-year-old diagnosed with cancer have praised staff at Sheffield’s Children’s Hospital – and asked the public for help with their fundraising effort.
Craig and Sarah Davies were left heartbroken when they were told their son Max had non-Hodgkins lymphoma in his bowel last month.
After a series of tests, including painful bone marrow and spinal fluid injections as well as CT and MRI scans, the couple were told the condition was still in its early stagesm but had already started to spread out of his bowel.
Max immediately began an aggressive course of chemotherapy at the hospital and now attends several times a week for assessment.
And Max is the first youngster to be nominated for a Star Superkid award for his bravery.
Craig, aged 41, said: “When we were told Max had cancer our perfect little life fell apart.
“Max started complaining of being in pain in January and we took him to our GP and to A&E several times, but they kept saying they couldn’t find anything. On our fourth visit, they wanted to send us home again, but my wife insisted they ran tests.”
The tests showed Max had colonic intussusception, where the bowel folds onto itself.
During the operation to repair it, doctors found a tumour and further examination revealed it was Burkitt lymphoma.
Since then little Max, from Beighton, who has a 10-year-old sister, Lily, has been undergoing chemotherapy.
Craig said: “We’ve been amazed at how resilient he has been. The staff on the M3 ward at the hospital have been absolutely fantastic, too.
“The NHS gets a lot of bad publicity, but the staff have been terrific.”
Craig, with the help of friends, family and the community, has already raised £4,000 for the hospital and has signed up to do a skydive and shave his head.
But he wants to do more and is appealing for help.
Craig said: “I want to do a 12-hour indoor cycling marathon but I would need bikes and help to organise it.
“I have exhausted everything I can do on my own.”
Visit www.justgiving.com/craig-davies16 to donate.