Hornchurch boy, 5, in rare cancer fight
PUBLISHED: 10:29 27 October 2010 | UPDATED: 12:17 27 October 2010
A BRAVE little boy who is battling a rare form of cancer has inspired thousands of people to sign up to a charity run.
Mitchell Huth, five, of Wingletye Lane, Hornchurch, was diagnosed with neuroblastoma which affects less than 100 children a year.
But the youngster, who is being treated in Great Ormond Street’s Elephant Ward, is now under-going extreme chemotherapy and receiving a new drug from the US which is improving his chances of survival.
Mum Kristel Huth said: “It was a shock. It was only a few days ago we were told he only had 40 per-cent of surviving.”
Despite chemotherapy every 10 days, a Hickman line through his jugular, a bone marrow operation and having to have tissue removed from a tumour in his neck, Mitchell is staying positive for his mum and dad, Terry.
Kristel says: “He’s a little warrior, he’s not moaning, he’s not crying. The only thing he’s upset about is he can’t speak and he’s not able to eat or anything because the chemotherapy is so strong.”
Friends and family and even the five-year-old’s friend from Scargill Infant School, in Mungo Park Road, Rainham, have rallied round to support the Huths.
“He is giving us strength. We’re taking every day as it comes. The chemo is shrinking the tumour and we’ll find out more in 40 days. We’ve had a lot of messages from his friends and his teachers have been to visit him,” Kristel said.
A charity fun run has been organised in Central Park, Dagenham, on November 7 from 11am for Mitchell, who was already diagnosed with a form of autism.
His mum added: “We’ve had a lot of support especially through the Facebook network. I believe there’s about 5,000 plus people attending, a few famous boxers are going to be running, and maybe some other famous faces.”