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Fighting For Oscar - #United4Oscar

posted Apr 29, 2014, 3:50 AM by Wheathampstead Wanderers
Oscar Hughes is a 9 year old boy from York, England. Oscar is a very active boy who has always showed natural sporting talent, training with Leeds United's youth team in football and also with tennis coaches across the Yorkshire region. Oscar is a season ticket holder at Manchester United, but has always preferred to play sport rather than watch.

In February 2013 Oscar was diagnosed with medulloblastama, a type of brain tumour. He had 11 hours of surgery to successfully remove the tumour, followed by a year of gruelling treatment at Leeds General Infirmary including full brain and spine radiotherapy and lots of cycles of chemo. 2014 started positively for Oscar with a clear scan - his family had booked holidays for the summer and started to make plans for his end of treatment party.

Then, at the end of March 2014, Oscar was suddenly and unexpectedly taken ill with stroke-like symptoms and rushed to hospital in an ambulance. A subsequent MRI scan showed that Oscar had relapsed, and that he now had cancer cells all over his brain and spine.

There is no known cure for this relapse and for now the disease is being controlled until a different treatment plan is found that will cure Oscar. Currently there are a number of promising research and clinical trials starting up which should give Oscar the chance he needs to lead a full life. However these are not all based in the UK and to be able to take Oscar abroad to participate in a trial, hundreds of thousands of pounds needs to be raised in a relatively short space of time.