Today, we received the update from a team of cross specialist doctors in both Leeds and London that, following the MRI scan, the cancer in the fluid within Oscar’s spine and surrounding his brain has spread. The impact of the new chemo drugs hasn’t worked. Additionally, Oscar has become weaker and other symptoms are being controlled by a range of drugs throughout the day. Despite everything we’ve tried and researched, the aggression of the relapse is now too far for us to safely continue with very harsh treatments. It is with deep sadness that we now care for Oscar and make him as comfortable as possible at home surrounded by people who love him dearly.
Despite the last 14 months, Oscar has lived a full life and done more than many kids do in a lifetime. With his brother, we travelled around the world in 2007. He lived in Denmark and speaks fluent Danish. He was supremely gifted in sport and was set for great things in both tennis and football. He was a joyful boy with a huge smile and loyal personality. He has lots of friends and an infectious personality. Even this year while going through chemotherapy, Oscar raised considerable sums of money for Candlelighters and won a Child of the Year award in York.
To his brothers, he is the best they could have. Marie and I are sad beyond belief. Oscar is such a wonderful boy and has brought us nothing but happiness.
To all that have helped so far on this journey, thank you. We can’t express how much we’ve been overwhelmed by efforts and generosity, both big and small. As people continue to raise and donate money, we feel that it is important everybody understands the new phase of our journey with Oscar as this may impact future plans. If you want to continue with planned events in the spirit of our brave and inspiring boy, we will leave the fund raising page open.
From the outset, we were keen to ensure that funds not used for Oscar would be redirected to help other children in similar situations to this one that Oscar has faced. We will continue to liaise with the Brain Tumour Charity to discuss the help they require to search for a cure for brain tumours in children.
As a testament to Oscar’s kindness, bravery, genorosity and selflessness, this seems a fitting legacy.
Marie, Ian, Oscar, Sebastian and Lucas