We’re helping. Can you?
Theo Clennon – at just two years of age, Theo still has to undergo extensive high dose chemotherapy, stem cell transplants and radiotherapy.
We were contacted earlier this week by a group raising funds to help send Theo Clennon, a very poorly little boy, to the USA for proton therapy. They’re aiming to raise £200,000; a seemingly massive amount, but with your help, and the help of all your friends, hopefully they can achieve it.
The fundraising group had organised an overnight bushcraft event for twenty people, each of whom had raised a minimum amount to attend the event. Unfortunately unforeseen circumstances resulted in the event being postponed and then cancelled with the original company.
This is where Forest Skills Ltd stepped in.
The fundraising team explained the situation to us & we’re very proud to say that Forest Skills are now hosting the event for them. To be able to help out with this fantastically worthwhile group; raising much needed funds to help two year old Theo, is a real privileged.
Here’s how Theo’s parents describe what they’re planning to do;
“Our son Theo has recently been diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour.
At first we were told the tumour was inoperable because of the tumour location on Theo’s brain stem which controls essential bodily functions, breathing, swallowing, walking, talking etc.
Theo was only given weeks, maybe months to live.
Another surgeon then came forward 5 days later who had looked at the Mri scans, he thought he could see a way In and hopefully remove the tumour, as the tumour was not actually on brain stem but pushing against it.
It was a difficult and very delicate 11 hour operation but the tumour was successfully removed. Massive thank you to amazing neurosurgeon Dr Conor Mallucci and staff at Alder Hey hospital ♥.
Theo’s fight is far from over, he now has to undergo extensive high dose chemotherapy, stem cell transplants and radiotherapy.
Because of his age at 2 1/2 years traditional radiotherapy techniques would destroy Theo’s healthy brain tissue as well as the bad.
Proton beam therapy is therefore the best route to take which targets only the affected part of Theo’s brain, unfortunately proton beam therapy costs a heck of a lot of money and is currently not available in the UK. The NHS do send some patients to the USA to receive treatment but Theo does not fit their stringent qualifying criteria.
Please help us to raise £200,000 to get the treatment Theo urgently needs and deserves in the USA.
Thank you x”
All twenty places had been filled previously & will almost certainly be refilled by the same people for this fantastic fundraising event. But, you can still help by donating to this families Virgin Money Giving page – Donate here
We’ll be blogging more about this in the coming weeks, but in the mean time we’ve asked our suppliers whether they can help out as well, both financially for Theo, and physically for those attending the course.
Chris & The Forest Skills Ltd Team
Let the adventure begin!