Fun day and coffee morning set to boost £200,000 appeal for Archie Wilks' lifesaving treatment
Two events will take place in June to boost a £200,000 appeal to fund ground-breaking treatment for a three-year-old twin boy battling neuroblastoma.
Simon and Harriet Wilks believe a course of vaccinations at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, a world-renowned treatment and research institution in New York, will give little Archie the best chance of defeating the rare childhood cancer once his NHS treatment finishes in around 18 months.
Family and friends have already donated more than £28,000 to make their American dream a reality.
Children who successfully complete neuroblastoma treatment and become 'cancer free' still have a 50% chance of relapsing. Once a child relapses with neuroblastoma, 90% will not survive.
However, Archie has a track record of defying the odds. He and identical twin brother Henry developed twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome while in the womb and mum Harriet, 29, had laser surgery while pregnant to save her sons.
While Archie, who weighed 2lb 4oz, and Henry (4lb) spent their first six weeks in intensive care, they soon grew into happy, healthy toddlers until last December.
Little Archie became unwell and ultimately unable to stand. His 31-year-old dad Simon, who works at HIC Insurance Consultants in the Causeway in Bishop's Stortford, and mum Harriet, a former student at the Herts and Essex High School, were devastated when a scan revealed a tumour on his kidney and a second on his spine.
Since then Archie has endured gruelling chemotherapy at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge and been isolated in a barrier room to protect him from infection for days on end rather than playing with his "partner in cheekiness" Henry.
Harriet's mum Karen Roberts and sister Chloe, who live in Bishop's Stortford, have been helping to care for Henry while the Newport couple spend shifts at their sick son's bedside.
Chloe has organised a coffee and cake morning at Parsonage Community Hall, Parsonage Lane, on June 30 from 10am to noon. It will feature a raffle, soft toy tombola and glitter face painting.
Her stepmother Gail, who lives in Buckinghamshire, has organised a fun day with live music at Great Missenden on Sunday, June 23, from noon to 5pm, to boost the appeal further. Tickets cost £20 for adults and £1 for children and are available from www.skiddle.com
To donate to Archie's appeal, see https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/Archiesjourney or follow his progress on Facebook and volunteer to help raise money.