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Team of fundraisers to trek for little Leighton

Six-year-old Leighton Cook who is currently in remission from high risk neuroblastoma.

Six-year-old Leighton Cook who is currently in remission from high risk neuroblastoma.

A team of fundraisers are preparing to take on a mountain trek to raise money for a Blyth six-year-old who has suffered from a rare childhood cancer.

Leighton Cook was diagnosed with high risk neuroblastoma at the age of three, and despite currently being in remission, his family fear the cancer will return.

Leighton’s mum Lynzie said: “He has endured numerous rounds of chemotherapy, radiotherapy, surgery, countless blood and platelet transfusions and spent 18 months in hospital away from his brothers and sister.

“Although Leighton is in remission at the minute, the relapse rate of this particular cancer is extremely high and with no cure still remains one of the biggest killers of childhood cancers.

“We started fundraising for Leighton so that if he was to relapse we could afford better life prolonging treatment which isn’t available on the NHS.

“This unfortunately comes at quite a cost with families looking to raise anything up to £500,000.

“An awful thing to have a price tag on your child’s life, but there just isn’t a cure.”

Now friends and family are taking on a sponsored trek at Helvellyn in the Lake District on April 12, including staff at the Academy in Bridge Street in Blyth.

They are also holding a ‘Cookies Fitness’ session every Wednesday at the salon and a Leighton’s Leggers walking club every Thursday with a small charge of just £1 per session going to Leighton’s fund.

Lynzie is now arranging a banner which will be taken on various events including the mountain trek in April, and is asking for companies to buy a space on the banner to help raise funds.

To support the cause, or to buy a space on the banner, contact Lynzie at teamleightoncook@gmail.com or call 07507 318096.

 

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