Charlie’s Chance rests on cancer donations

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Charlie Fearns. Pic © Sophie Fearns

A boy from Bootle is in desperate need of funds to help fly him over to Seattle for cancer treatment.

Charlie Fearns, 11, who was first diagnosed with Leukaemia when he was just three years old, received help after managing to raise $187,000 in 28 days last year for a trial treatment called Car T-Cell Immunotherapy.

This was successful until two weeks ago, when Charlie relapsed.

His family are trying to raise $150,000 in their Charlie’s Chance appeal and they have two months left to raise the funds as the cells taken from him last year have a shelf-life of eight months, and they are at the six-month mark now.

Rob and Sophie Fearns are Charlie’s parents and his mum told JMU Journalism: “Charlie is a remarkable kid and he takes everything in his stride. It’s been a big part of his life so unfortunately he doesn’t know much different.”

When asked about the public’s generosity so far Sophie said: “The response from the public has been incredible, we have so many well-wishers and offers of support and help. It’s really overwhelming.”

Charlie needs to travel to Seattle Children’s Hospital in Washington state because even though the NHS is trialling Car T-Cell therapy, it is in the very early stages.

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Sophie added: “It’s difficult, but as parents you do what you can for your kids and as long as we have Charlie and Harrison [Charlie’s younger brother, 8] with us and all of our team of support we will never give up the fight.”

Upcoming fundraisers include zorb football on Sunday February 26th in Thornton from 1-3pm; sky dives in Black Knights Sky Diving Centre in Blackpool on Friday 10th March followed by a Question of Sport event in the Shankly Hotel on the same day.

A charity walk will be held at Crosby beach on March 12th, followed by a Royal Hospital abseil on Saturday March 18th and a comedy night in Crosby Comrades Club on March 24th, with other events to follow.

If you would like to donate to help Charlie’s Chance click here.

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