Courageous Logan North will be heading to America for lifesaving treatment in less than two weeks, it was revealed today.
The five-year-old, of Collins Road, Bamber Bridge, Preston, has Stage IV neuroblastoma and although he has been having his treatment at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, his family have been trying to raise £250,000 to send him to the US for the final part of his treatment as there is a lower risk of relapse.
Logan, who has already undergone surgery to remove a tumour from his abdomen, intensive chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant with his own stem cells, is currently having radiotherapy to kill off any remaining cancer cells.
Once he has completed his radiotherapy, he will embark for America on November 5 with dad Ian to undergo immunotherapy treatment at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Although only £40,000 has been raised so far towards the £250,000 goal to cover Logan’s treatment, the charity the Neuroblastoma Alliance will lend Logan’s family the money and they will carry on fundraising to pay them back.
Mum Amanda, who will stay at home with her other children Max, 12, who is autistic and Amy, eight, who has Down’s Syndrome, says it will hard for the family to be divided for at least six months.
As Logan will be missing Christmas in Preston with his family and friends, Amanda is organising an early Christmas party for him before he goes to America.
Amanda, who herself suffers from the autoimmune condition lupus which has caused her bones to become brittle and break easily, said: “It will be so hard not seeing Logan for six months and Christmas will be particularly difficult without him.
“I will miss him so much but I know we are doing the right thing to give him the best chance of life by having the best possible treatment.
“As we will miss out on celebrating Christmas together, I am trying to organise an early Christmas party for Logan just before he and Ian go to America and am currently looking for a venue.
“We hope that people carry on fundraising for Logan so we can pay the Neuroblastoma Alliance back the money as soon as possible so they can carry on helping other children in the same position.”
• To donate to Logan’s appeal, visit: www.justgiving.com/logannorthappeal or text LGAN99 and the amount you wish to donate to: 70070.