It's been a few day since I have updated the blog.Life, as usual has been busy! The appeal continues to pick up supporters and we have lots of things in the pipeline for the coming weeks and months. Yesterday one of my best friends Sharon and another friend Sarah had a stall at a table tots sale for us, lots of people donated great things that we could sell and Sharon and Sarah collected it all, sorted through it and then sold it on our behalf.They raised £133 and still had lots of stuff to sell at the next sale, brilliant! Thanks girls.
We have had so many wonderful people come forward with ideas and people are actually organising things on our behalf, which is amazing. Of course we need to know details of exactly what is happening in our name but with the best will in the world we cannot do everything ourselves.
We have never been comfortable with the idea of sharing our lives with the general public and in that respect fundraising is hard. We are private types but we are getting used to sharing parts of our family simply because we have to. On the plus side to that we have been shown how many people are rooting for us, complete strangers are coming forward to help which is amazing, and our friends have been wonderful.They are really getting stuck into organising things despite having busy families and jobs of their own.
The reason that we need to do this is relapse.The threat of relapse is something that we can not afford to be complacent about, okay so Thomas has coped really well with his treatment and we are so so grateful for that but Neuroblastoma will not care,not one bit. Relapse can occur at any time, even before we have finished treatment and therefore we need to raise as much in the way of funds as possible so that should relapse happen we have more options that we can use to deal with it. That is the grim truth.
Thank you to everyone who has shown support so far, through kind words, donations of money or goods that we can sell, ideas, sharing our web links, organising events. We really could not do this without you! xxxx
last day of radiotherapy today!
That means Thomas has had 15 general anaesthetics( 1 was a dummy run), 14 doses of radiation and 14 mornings without breakfast. Phew, thank goodness that's over with!
Having said that Thomas has coped really well .He has approached each day with enthusiasm even though he has had to be out of the house by 7am and hasn't been able to have breakfast.He has spoken about his special sleeps with anticipation rather than dread.He hasn't complained of feeling sick or exhausted which are common short term side effects.
The beauty of being three years old I guess, he hasn't got a clue what is happening to his body, the possible side effects, now and in the future.
Thomas just seems to have bounced back after each session, his main concern is getting some food and what to play with first, he just wants to get back to being a three year old tear away! I am so proud of him!
The children and young people that we have met along the way are amazing too, we have enjoyed speaking to one particular young man and his mum during our time at radiotherapy( I'm just sad that Thomas was being stroppy and wouldn't have his picture taken with them, lol).
Anyway, on to the next phase of treatment now.I just hope Thomas copes so well again.
Thanks for listening to my ramblings,
Team Thomas has had a busy weekend. My friend Caroline hosted our first girls night in last night in and it was just what I needed, lots of laughs, chatter, silliness and a few drinks.Thank you to my girls for a brilliant night raising some money for The Thomas Cammack Appeal.
Today a young man whose Mummy is my best friend,did a 15 mile bike ride for his little mate Thomas.
Trai, the young man in question has been planning this since we launched the appeal a few weeks ago. He decided what he wanted to do and then started planning and getting sponsors. Trai is ten years old and he has been raising awareness of neuroblastoma and The Thomas Cammack Appeal in his village. He even spoke to his peers about his plans in a school assembly, quite a nerve wracking experience I should think.Well done Trai!
Trai also roped in his Daddy, his friend Katie and her Daddy and (our newly adopted appeal mascot) Digger the dog. It took them about two and a half hours and at the end they looked absolutely filthy!! Well done to all of them, the ice-creams afterwards were very well deserved! Thank you so much guys!!
Tonight I shall be spending the evening with some of my lovely friends, having a girls night in! I am really looking forward to it, it's been a while since I caught up with everyone properly! There will be wine (for me anyway), friends and laughs, oh and hangovers in the morning probably.
Girls nights in is one of our ongoing events that anyone can organise with thier group of friends (see our events tabs). Such an easy thing to organise.
Thanks for taking the time to look at our website. As you probably know our son Thomas was diagnosed with stage four, high risk neuroblastoma in January (see the meet Thomas tab for more info) and we have now launched an appeal in order to fund any possible overseas treatment that Thomas may need in the future. Our goal is at least £300.000, a huge sum of money. We are busy organising various events and our team of supporters is growing by the second. We are grateful for every little bit of support that we have received so far, please keep it coming.
I will aim to use this blog to update you on our progress and to document the journey of team Thomas. I hope that I can include YOU in that team. Please get in touch and share your ideas for fundraising.
Thomas's mummy xx