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Support for Charlie.

by Claire Halliwell category: Health

“Support Charlie, an inspirational 2 year old fighting leukaemia. Show your support by following him on facebook http://thndr.it/13ReZ04

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Claire Halliwell
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This campaign ended on February 02, 2013 at 12PM

Support for Charlie.

In April 2011 Charlie Harris – Beard, aged just 10 months, was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia and within just 4 months Charlie had already been through four intensive cycles ofchemotherapy to cure the disease! But despite these gruelling treatments, the rare type of leukaemia reappeared and Charlie desperately needed a bone marrow transplant – having being given just three months to live.
A Facebook page (Help Save Baby Charlie Harris – Beard) was created in order to appeal to the general public to come forward and register to be a bone marrow donor, not only to help Charlie but to help thousands of others that find themselves fighting this terrible disease. Charlie soon found his match and the life saving transplant went ahead in October 2011. 
Charlie took his first steps on ward 15 of Birmingham Childrens hospital, and even spent Christmas and New Year there, but having lived at the hospital for approximately 10 months – Charlie is now home and enjoying normal family life once again. 

With help from the Anthony Nolan trust Charlie has been given a second chance of life, this wasn’t down to an adult donor but thanks to someone in the USA for donating their umbilical cord following the birth of their baby girl.
We feel there needs to be more awareness of umbilical cord donations in the UK as they can help save the lives of many people – not just cancer patients. So we are now in the process of setting up our own Charity; Cords4Life

In September 2012 Charlie relapsed and was readmitted to Birmingham Children’s Hospital where he immediately underwent further intense treatment to help cure the cancer. All appeared to be going well and the consultants had planned to let Charlie undergo another stem cell transplant on 12/12/12, however, this was not to be.
On Nov 13th 2012 Dr’s stated that there was nothing more they could do here in the UK for Charlie and said that he had just a matter of weeks left to live. 
Charlies supporters / friends immediately set up ‘Charlies fund’ in the hope of raising enough money to find him treatment somewhere else in the world and to put as many smiles on his face as possible – ensuring that the family were in a position to make as many memories as possible.

We refused to give up on Charlie and immediately began making contact with Dr's around the world. On December 3rd Charlie was given further hope – we attended a meeting with Cancer Research UK and Charlie was recommended for a trial drug. In order to be accepted for the trial Charlie had to further undergo intense tests, including a lumbar puncture,ECG and Bone Marrow Biopsy. The tests came back successful and Charlie was accepted for the trial drug which started on 11th December.
Aurora Kinase (The trial drug) is administered over 72 hours every 21 days via intravenous infusion and is intended to inhibit cancer growth by blocking the enzymes which cause cancer cells to grow.

We are now just hoping and praying that the trial is working and that this year Charlie is able to be at home for Christmas – where he belongs.

Organizer

Claire Halliwell

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