Thomas, Christie patient
On 4 September 2020, 14-year-old Thomas had just got home from keeping wicket for his team at Hyde Cricket Club. Suddenly and without warning, he collapsed.
Soon after, Thomas and his family were shocked when he was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a tumour on his brain.
Thankfully, after an initial emergency brain operation to relieve pressure, Thomas had 2 major surgeries to remove the tumour. He was then referred to The Christie for proton beam therapy.
Thomas is making great progress – he says himself: “I am now on the road to recovery.”
And what’s more, Thomas is also helping other children with their recoveries too. He’s set up a foundation to raise money for hats to give to teens who are losing their hair during treatment.
Thomas's family were so pleased with the service he received at The Christie. They said: "We never ever thought we would be here with our own son. But we are so grateful for The Christie’s support.”
In fact, Thomas's dad Neil said: “My wife and I are in absolute amazement at the treatment Thomas received. We never ever thought we would be here with our own son. But we are so grateful for The Christie’s support.”
While he was being treated, Thomas had to spend his time coming for his treatment at The Christie. Although he was glad to be getting better, he would have much rather been riding his bike, playing cricket or watching Man City.
Nearly 350 people have benefitted from proton beam therapy so far at The Christie. With your support, we can treat far more patients in far less time.
Just imagine how wonderful it would be if we could give our youngest patients like Thomas more time at home with their mums, dads, brothers and sisters. You could help to give this remarkable gift to more people with cancer by supporting our research into Flash radiotherapy today.