Positive news for child with cancer

Rhys Hume from Derry who is receiving treatment for neuroblastoma
Rhys Hume from Derry who is receiving treatment for neuroblastoma

The family of a three-year-old boy undergoing treatment for cancer has been overwhelmed by the support of Derry people ahead of a fund raising event this weekend.

Rhys Hume was diagnosed with the rare childhood cancer, Neuroblastoma, in October and has been having treatment in Belfast.

A fund raising event was organised to provide some financial help to his family and tickets have been selling fast. There is still a chance to get tickets for this Saturday’s event and there are many fantastic prizes on offer for a raffle.

Rhys’s mum Pauline told the ‘Journal’ the family have been overwhelmed with the support shown to her family.

They were even gifted iPad’s by a local charity Cancer Connect Ireland, to allow Rhys to stay in touch with family while in Belfast.

The director of the charity, Joe Barr, made the offer after reading Rhys’s story in the ‘Journal’.

The family also received positive news this week about Rhys’s treatment. The tumour has shrunk so he is now awaiting surgery to remove it.

“It is hoped he will have the surgery within the next week. At the minute everything is very positive, thank God,” Pauline said.

There is still a long road ahead for the three-year-old as he will then have two high dose courses of chemotherapy and then radiotherapy.

For more information about the fund raising event go to www.facebook,com/RaiseforRhys. Tickets are available at Kelly’s shops in Carnhill and Ferndale.