A brave Chester FC fan with a rare and aggressive form of cancer has organised a fundraising event to give something back to the charities which have helped him so much.
Football-mad Cameron Rowley, 10, was diagnosed with a desmoplastic small round cell tumour in 2015 but, sadly, efforts by doctors to completely rid the youngster of the disease have failed.
The 10-year-old is now on his 12th round of chemotherapy, with the treatment aimed purely at prolonging and improving the quality of his life as much as possible.
Cameron has decided he wants to give something back to the people who have rallied to support him, so he has organised a charity day on Sunday, August 13. The big day will feature a mini-football tournament on the morning followed by fun and games in the afternoon, including face painting, a tombola, bouncy castle, craft stalls and more.
It will be held at Footgolf Chester on Parkgate Road, Mollington Grange, and all proceeds will go to the ‘Chics’ Children’s Cancer Support Group and Miles of Smiles, which sends terminally ill, sick and disabled children on holidays to Disneyland Paris.
Cameron’s dad Bren said: “The charities have helped Cameron and his family a lot over the last two years and he wanted to give something back and raise money for other families.
“Cameron wants to do lots of different fundraising and help as many people as he can.”
Cameron will keep on receiving chemotherapy for as long as it is helping him live a comfortable life and “letting him do the things he loves,” added Bren.
Cameron lives in Ellesmere Port with his mum Jacqueline Rowley and brother Ethan, and also spends a lot of time with dad Bren and his two half-brothers Benjamin and Jack.
The Oaks Primary School pupil was just eight years old when he fell ill during a family holiday in Mexico, where he complained of feeling sick and tired.
After returning home and undergoing tests, he was diagnosed with a form of cancer which is particularly rare and difficult to treat.
Cameron spent six months having chemotherapy at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool. This was followed by an operation on his stomach to remove as many of his tumours as possible, then a spell of radiotherapy treatment at Clatterbridge Hospital.
Cameron’s family were told his tumours had shrunk and all seemed to be going well with his recovery, but then a scan showed they had returned and chemotherapy was no longer working.
A fund was set up last year called Cameron’s Wishes so people could donate and help ensure the youngster enjoyed Christmas, where he was glad to spend some quality time with his family.
A £1,000 target was set – and by the time all the generous donations had flooded in, the final figure was just under £7,000.
The big passion of Cameron’s life is football and he loves watching Chester FC.
He has been a ball boy for the National League club, and also went along to meet his heroes at a first-team training session.
Cameron said: “I am just a normal 10-year-old boy who loves school, playing with my friends and – when I have the energy and I am feeling good – then I like to play football.”
Cameron’s charity day runs from 10am-3pm and is open to anyone who wants to go along.
Anyone wishing to help out on the day or looking for further information should email Bren on: email@example.com
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