St Albans family delighted after charity run raises £2,500 for hospice that cared for sick son

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A St Albans family is delighted after a charity run raised £2,500 for the hospice that supported their sick son.

On Sunday, June 8, Team Marchant ran the 13 mile race around St Albans to raise money for Keech Hospice Care.

Team Marchant consisted of family and Matthew Marchant - Oliver's Dad, Nick Hull, Vicki Hull, Lynsey Ford, Carly Mitchell, Rich Thrift and Marije Ploemacher.

Oliver Marchant, was just two years old when he was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma in April 2013, a rare form of childhood cancer with around 100 annual cases in the UK.

He was diagnosed with Horner’s Syndrome, a droopy eyelid and small pupil, in his left eye when he was just aged 1.

Horner’s Sundrome is a harmless condition but vital to discovering the cause of Neuroblastoma. After a year of scans and further investigations Oliver received a diagnosis of Neuroblastoma in April 2013 and was classed as intermediate risk.

After six rounds of chemotherapy, an operation to remove the tumour, radiotherapy and 6 cycles of an oral chemotherapy drug Keech is helping the family adjust back to their normal happy life

Oliver’s mum, Tiggy Marchant, explained: "During the awful months of Chemotherapy when Oliver was getting very sick and extremely unsettled, he only wanted me and I was struggling to keep him contented.

"Keech has been absolutely wonderful to Oliver and our family, allowing some respite for me and providing Oliver with a programme to help him with the transition from having received full time medical treatment for the past seven months back to more normal daily life such as play groups, nursery and most importantly mixing with children away from me. "

Ms Marchant said the money raised is a way for them to give back to the charity. Some of the funds will also be going to The Neuroblastoma Society.

She contrinued: "Oliver is beating this disease day by day.

"He has been so resilient throughout his gruelling treatment and we are proud of our little son.

"Thank you to everyone who has supported us so far."

She hopes that a special gala concert in December will bring the total funds to £10,000.

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