Family of Collier Row youngster battling leukaemia hosting fundraiser
PUBLISHED: 12:09 01 June 2015 | UPDATED: 12:09 01 June 2015
The family of a two-year-old boy battling leukaemia are launching a fundraising drive for a machine which could save other children's lives.
Rachel Clancy’s son Albie is enduring daily chemotherapy for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, which causes an overproduction of immature white blood cells.
To thank staff at Great Ormond Street Hospital, Rachel, 30, and her husband Lee, 31, are raising money for an £8,000 machine which could cut treatment waiting times.
They hope to give the same amount to Queen’s Hospital, in Rom Valley Way, Romford.
Rachel, of Collier Row, said: “It’s quite rare to get leukaemia in such a young child, but it’s pot luck.
“Albie had been going to the doctors for a while; he was waking in the night and crying in pain. One said he was attention seeking.
“We took Albie to hospital in February and said we were not leaving until we found out what was wrong. Within six hours he was diagnosed.”
The news came as a shock to the couple, who also have one-year-old twins, Lola-Rose and Lennie.
“It was life-changing,” said Rachel. “I thought it might have been an infection, not something so serious.”
Immature cells have filled Albie’s bone marrow, meaning new blood cells are not made properly.
He suffers from tiredness and stopped walking for a time.
His mum said: “It is tough, you have to take each day as it comes.
“It is a long road to recovery.”
The family are raising money for a haematology analyser for Great Ormond Street’s cancer ward.
This carries out full blood counts, taken before treatments, so could cut waiting times.
An event is being held on August 1 at Mooro’s Restaurant, Chigwell.
Running from 4pm, it will feature a barbecue, children’s entertainment, music and celebrity guests.
Tickets, £20, are available from the restaurant or through company Giggly Wiggly Worms, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Any businesses interested in supporting the event should email the same address.
To donate, visit justgiving.com/Albie-army.