Oscar from Asfordby, Leicestershire, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia when he was two and a half years old.
Ryan, Oscar’s dad, says:
“We were taken into a room and told it was leukaemia.
“It turned my world upside down; I wouldn’t wish that on my worst enemy. I just wished that I could make it me instead of him. I think I almost broke my wife’s Tania’s hand by squeezing it so hard.
“We met Tamsin, our CLIC Sargent Social Worker, after we’d been in hospital in Nottingham a few days. She came to Oscar’s bed and introduced herself; she was like a knight in shining armour.
“We told her that money was going to be an issue, as I was only allowed three days of compassionate leave and we both had to give up work to care for Oscar and his little sister.
“She told us that there were grants we could apply for, and that she’d help us with it all. That was great because I’m rubbish at paperwork, and I just wanted to make sure that we’d still be able to put a roof over the kids’ heads. Her support was phenomenal.
“Oscar had his final treatment and was discharged from hospital at the end of November 2013, but just three months later he relapsed. He had to go through a bone marrow transplant, and since then he’s been well.
“Oscar has just started his second year of primary school and we found out recently that his classmates and teacher have voted him to be head boy this year! We’re so proud of him.
“He’s bounced back so well, he really is incredible. It’s like he never had cancer.
“But without Tamsin and CLIC Sargent all of this would have been a nightmare; I don’t want to think about it.”
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