Cancer-stricken boy, 4, gets the perfect Christmas present – £270,000 to pay for pioneering treatment

A CANCER-stricken boy of four has got the perfect Christmas present — £270,000 to pay for pioneering treatment.

Oliver Stephenson, who was diagnosed with neuroblastoma in January, can now head to the US for a clinical trial.


The money has come from well-wishers all over the world through a crowdfunding page.

Mum Laura, 35, said the support had been overwhelming.

She added: “It’s the best Christmas present ever.”

Neuroblastoma — cancer of nerve tissue — affects 100 children a year in the UK.

Oliver’s prognosis had been poor as the disease spread to his skull, eye sockets and bone marrow.

He has had chemotherapy, surgery, stem cell treatment and a bone marrow transplant.

Laura, dad James, 33, and three-year-old brother Alfie, from Wakefield, West Yorks, hope he will be declared disease-free in March.

Then he can go to the US for the trial of a drug to stop the cancer returning.

Laura added: “Sixty per cent of people who recover from neuroblastoma end up relapsing, so we want to do everything we can to stop that happening to Oliver.”



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