HIS bravery, resilience and ability to smile in the face of adversity inspired Sun on Sunday readers to help him meet his £500,000 target for potentially life-saving treatment in just days.
Now ten-year-old Harry Banks – struck down by a rare form of kids’ cancer TWICE in four years – has been given a huge boost… the offer of a treatment place which could save him.
Damien McFadden – The Sun Harry surpassed his goal of raising £500,000 for treatment that wasn’t available on the NHS
SWNS:South West News Service With no further treatment for Neuroblastoma available in the UK, Harry’s only hope left is to undergo a pioneering new treatment trial abroad
Inspirational Harry’s family were told this week a spot on a ground-breaking trial is his at Barcelona medical centre.
Mum Nina said: “Harry will get the treatment he needs. We have been told that it is definitely available in Barcelona now and they have already had their first patient there, however Harry is number 4 on a wait list.
“If it is not detrimental to Harry to wait a few more weeks then to go to Barcelona is I think our preference. We have to do the right thing by Harry.”
His family, who will decide on whether to take the pace in the coming weeks, have now had lengthy discussions with the hospital’s leading professor Jaume Mora, about the complex procedure for Harry.
When we first reported on sports-mad Harry’s fight against aggressive stage 4 Neuroblastoma, donations were at £260,000.
But within two weeks, funds were swelled to £600,000 with the help of kind-hearted Sun on Sunday readers – £100,000 more than his initial target.
Now Harry, who has had the backing of England rugby aces Danny Cipriani and Dylan Hartley, has raised more than £760,000 thanks to your support.
Nina, 41, added: “It continues to overwhelm us how many events have taken place in support of Harry and we can’t thank everyone enough for the kind words, the support, the generosity and goodwill from every one of you, near and far. and hopefully we can help others too.”
‘VITAL CANCER TRIAL’
Harry, whose family were initially also looking at treatment options in the US, will have to have a heavy dose of chemotherapy if the family take up the offer of a place in the coming weeks.
He has already endured weeks of the sickening cancer treatment this year.
Nina said: “Harry has managed to have a few days at school on and off, some days he is just too tired, and others we have various hospital appointments, but if he can go he usually wants to, which is great for him.
“Harry’s bloods have been quite low though so we have to be careful, and the more treatment he has the longer it takes for his bloods to recover.
“Harry had more chemotherapy in Oxford every day ‘to keep it at bay’ before we go away. I can’t tell you how amazing he was. He was absolutely brilliant. He even made it into school for the last lesson on three days, despite being sick from the chemo bless him.”
Nina said she has been keeping his spirits up by keeping a ‘rewards chart’, trips to the woods and magicians visiting him in hospital.
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Hundreds of schools, choirs, sports and walking clubs have held quiz nights and other cash-raising events to reach the monumental total.
One anonymous donor even pledged £50,000 to his cause. A young girl even donated all of the money she received for her birthday.
Speaking last month, Nina, from Woburn Sands, Bucks, said: “Harry is very much aware of the support. It doesn’t take away the sadness of where he is though and what he knows is to come with more treatment.”
Damien McFadden – The Sun The family have managed to raise the money for Harry’s treatment with thanks to the generosity of Sun on Sunday readers
SWNS:South West News Service Harry has already battled the aggressive cancer twice in four years
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