Family fundraise for ‘brave’ Callum

NILA 23-07-12 BE 11 Callum Padgett has Neuroblastoma, seen with George Levers Left and Grace Levers right.
NILA 23-07-12 BE 11 Callum Padgett has Neuroblastoma, seen with George Levers Left and Grace Levers right.
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A family fun day on Saturday will raise cash for a schoolboy diagnosed with neuroblastoma in case he needs to go overseas for treatment.

Callum Padgett, six, and his parents Anthony Padgett and Carlie Chambers, were dealt the devastating news in January that Callum had the rare cancer. He has been in hospital receiving intensive treatment since.

Callum, who has been allowed to spend three weeks at home before his next bout of treatment, said: “I’ve been poorly since Christmas and been in hospital a lot.

“It’s been alright. I’m enjoying playing with my cousins before my operation.”

On August 2 he will have an operation to remove a tumour from his stomach.

After that he faces weeks of intensive treatment before his bone marrow is removed and frozen stem cells are injected in a bid to get rid of cancerous cells.

Dad, Anthony said: “Callum’s been so brave. The treatment has been really difficult and the chemo especially has made him really poorly.

“It’s been great seeing him enjoy his time out of hospital because it was so difficult to see him going through what he has.

“The first half of his treatment went really well but the second half wasn’t as good, we’re just hoping the next lot works.”

Because of the high relapse rate Callum’s aunty, Sam, has set about fundraising in case the family need to pay for him to travel for treatment if the cancer does return.

She said: “We know the relapse rate isn’t good and there isn’t any protocol for follow up treatment in the UK so we just want to be prepared if the neuroblastoma does come back and Callum has to go abroad.

“If he doesn’t the money we raise will go to Families Against Neuroblastoma to help others.”

The fun day is being held at the Stute, from 2pm on Saturday. All are welcome at the event where there will be bouncy castles, tractors, steam engines and lots more.