Tom was diagnosed with a brain tumour aged three and went through treatment, which successfully got rid of the cancer. Aged 22, Tom relapsed after a large tumour was found in his head. He had an operation to remove the tumour, and then went through months of radiotherapy and chemo – his most recent scans show no sign of the tumour.
Mo was diagnosed with a rare Germ cell tumour in August 2016 after experiencing severe back pain which was dismissed by his doctors. It was Mo’s Aunt, who also works at the hospital, who made him go for tests that led to the diagnosis. Mo recovered but relapsed whilst on holiday celebrating the end of his treatment with family but they all really rallied round for him. Here Mo tells his story.
My name is Sara Owen and I am age 18, I am from Colwyn Bay, North Wales where I live with my mum and dad and my Border Terrier, Pero.
Steven was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma when he was 20. His diagnosis hit the whole family hard, as mum Jane explains.
Phoebe was diagnosed with neuroblastoma when she was under a year old. Since being diagnosed in January 2016 she hasn’t really been off treatment, and the family have had to go to different hospitals to try different treatments. Travel has been one of the biggest costs for the family.
Daisy Sayers was diagnosed with Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) in November 2017 aged just 22 months. Mum Melissa explains.
Thirteen-year-old Gavin had intermittent pain in his shoulder which everyone believed were growing pains. After two visits to the GP he was referred for an X-ray. His diagnosis was a Ewing’s Sarcoma in his scapula (shoulder blade). Gavin’s dad Craig explains.
Two-year-old Heidi had to undergo two and a half years of treatment since she was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL) in September 2015. Mum Paula explains how Heidi’s cancer diagnosis increased costs and stress.
Oliver was diagnosed with leukaemia in August 2016, aged eight. Mum Nicky explains how two years of treatment 120 miles from home has cost the family.
Just three days after Grace, 23, gave birth to her son Austin, she found she couldn’t walk properly. She had previously had a benign tumour on her thigh but six weeks after the birth the doctor said 'it's cancer'.