Harry Banks is a ten-year-old bubbly, smiley, very cheeky, but completely adorable boy. In 2014 we were given the devastating news that Harry had Stage 4 Neuroblastoma, a very rare and aggressive children’s cancer. After bravely enduring two years of intensive chemotherapy, continuous investigations, major surgery, high dose chemotherapy, radiotherapy, immunotherapy and more, Harry had two and a half years in remission, and rung the bell to mark the end of his treatment, although we knew it would be a long road to recovery and he would continue to be monitored. Devastatingly, once again our world has been turned upside down – in November 2018 we were given the distressing news that Harry had a neuroblastoma relapse to the CNS (Central Nervous System) and he had to have an emergency operation to remove a tumour from his brain. Neuroblastoma has one of the lowest survival rates of all childhood cancers, and a CNS relapse is so rare – it’s the worst.
The support for Harry has been incredible. Offline and online donations combined have now reached over £700k. There are many wonderful events planned which will push this figure still higher. A huge thank you for your support and donations that have helped us achieve this for Harry.
Your support has resulted in Nina and Russ being able to focus on the most important thing now which is looking after Harry and preparing him for the difficult treatment ahead.
We will continue with all planned events and keep the campaign live, as all monies raised will support any further treatment Harry may need and the associated costs, or help other children and the fight against Neuroblastoma.
All funds raised have been placed in a trust to be used for Harry’s current and future treatment and associated costs. At a point where no further treatment is required, or can reasonably be expected, the trustees and the family will agree how best to apportion the funds as set out on the website: neuroblastoma research; and children and their families that are affected by this cruel disease.
Thank you for all your messages of support and for making a difference to Harry’s tomorrow. X