A Goole family are hoping they can finally put their poorly little boy’s cancer battle behind them, as his latest round of test results show he’s winning his fight.
Last year four-year-old Charlie Patton was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a rare cancer that mostly affects young children, with less than 100 being diagnosed in the UK each year.
Charlie and his devastated family faced a gruelling 18-months of intense treatment at Sheffield’s Children’s hospital, but thanks to the new test results their nightmare could be coming to an end.
Mum Gayle excitedly confirmed the good news to the hundreds of followers on Charlie’s social media page, ‘Charlie’s Journey’.
The latest round of bone marrow and ultrasound results came back so positive, that consultants are optimistic that by April Charlie’s treatment will be complete.
Charlie faces his final antibody treatment on Good Friday, and from there can have his ‘lines’ removed within a matter of weeks.
This not only means an end to the punishing therapy, but a return to normality that most four-year-olds take for granted. The prospect of going swimming and playing along with his friends without ‘missing out’, these are the things parents Gayle and Rob are most anticipating. Charlie, however, is most looking forward to being able to simply go down a slide on this tummy!
Despite missing out on a large chunk of the school year at Marshlands Primary during the course of his treatment, Charlie has not let this hold him back. So much so he was recently awarded ‘Star of the Week’, which just goes to show he hasn’t let his ill health beat him.
Speaking to Our Goole, a delighted Gayle said: ‘Everything is looking so good scan wise. Charlie is so well in himself and his hair is now growing back fast!
‘His consultant has given us the hope that he will be able to have his lines removed in April, and all his treatment will be over and we can put this last year to bed.
‘This journey is not over for us as a family and will stay with us forever, but hopefully will be a distant memory to Charlie.
‘We are so proud of him and how far he has come and how he has battled on like a true soldier!
‘Once the lines are removed we will be able to have a well deserved family holiday, and that is all down to our many lovely friends and family. So thank you again to all of you, for following Charlie’s story and for all of your support.’