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Schools urged to join Oscar’s fund-raiser

Evesham Editorial 29th Sep, 2019   0

A RALLYING call has gone out for schools across Evesham and Pershore to join in with a fund-raiser for potentially life-saving treatment for Oscar Saxelby-Lee.

Oscar’s school in Worcester has declared October 11 ‘Oscar Day’ and is holding a non-uniform day for £1-per-person donation and staff there are hoping other schools across the county will join them.

A major fund-raising drive was launched a fortnight ago after it was discovered the brave five-year-old’s cancer had returned just months after successful stem-cell treatment. His heartbroken parents need £500,000 to pay for the treatment.

After being told Oscar’s leukaemia had returned, mum Olivia Saxelby and dad Jamie Lee were dealt a further blow when they were told there may be no further treatment options left for Oscar on the NHS.

At present children with B-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia in Oscar’s position are able to undergo CAR-T therapy in the UK.

Unfortunately, there is no such therapy available for children such as Oscar with T-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia.

Oscar’s care team are looking at the possibility of the youngster receiving this treatment as part of a trial.

They are also examining the possibility of a second bone marrow transplant that would most likely need to take place outside the NHS.

Currently, the NHS can typically only offer a second transplant to patients 12 months on from their first transplant.

But Olivia admitted her little boy may not have that long to keep the disease at bay.

Popular Evesham business Bradfords Carpets, Flooring and Beds have also pledged a donation to the cause and rallied other Vale businesses to reach out and show their support.

Visit and search for Hand in Hand for Oscar for more information and to donate to the cause.


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