Oscar is five years old and loves dinosaurs, David Walliams books and Marvel Superheroes. Sadly, there is no guarantee that Oscar will reach his 6th birthday.
In December 2018, Oscar was diagnosed with high risk T-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia. Since then, he has only spent a couple of nights at home. The rest of the time (eight months) has been in hospital undergoing intense chemotherapy treatments.
The ultimate goal was for Oscar to receive a lifesaving stem cell transplant.
A donor search saw thousands of people from across the UK queue up for a public sign-up event in his home city to register in a bid to help. Luckily, a 10/10 match was found, and the brave youngster underwent treatment in May.
After more chemotherapy, full-body radiotherapy and three months of gruelling recovery post-transplant, Oscar was briefly cancer-free. Sadly, the leukaemia has returned which has sparked an emotional appeal from his parents to save their boy’s life. Donate here.
Oscar cannot get further treatment through the NHS because he becomes eligible for another stem cell transplant only after 12 months have passed since the first one. The only real option left for Oscar is a clinical CAR-T trial in Singapore.
Hand in Hand for Oscar
The family are now looking to raise £500,000 to cover the cost of treatment, travel and insurance. However, they need to raise the money within “four to six weeks” because Oscar needs to be well enough to travel.