Cancer fears for tot Harry

Harry Cunliffe
Harry Cunliffe

A RARE condition has left a Wigan tot with a potentially fatal cancerous skin defect.

One-year-old Harry Cunliffe, of Ashton, has Congenital Melanocytic Naevus (CMN) - a large birthmark which covers 80 per cent of his body.

As a result, Harry has a high risk of developing malignant melanoma which can in turn lead to problems in the brain and spinal cord.

His parents, Toni Vose, 21, and Dennis Cunliffe, 27, are now trying to raise funds for research into the rare condition, which affects one in 20,000 babies.

Toni said: “Harry has a big brown birthmark which covers 80 per cent of his body. It can be fatal because it can turn cancerous and there is a higher risk of developing skin cancer. At the moment, Harry is OK. He had an MRI scan to see if he had any problems with his brain and spine, as this could cause difficulties in his development.

“Considering the size of his birthmark, I expected it to be on his brain, but it is only on a small amount of his brain and doctors don’t think it will turn nasty. So he is doing really well and progressing as he should be.”

Toni and Dennis are holding a charity night at the Robin Hood pub, in Ashton, on Thursday, August 22, from 6.30pm. The evening will include a sponsored waxing, a rodeo bull, raffles and entertainment, All funds raised will go towards CMN (Caring Matters Now) charity,

Toni added: “There is not much funding available for research and any money the charity gets mainly comes from parents of children with CMN.”

To donate money or a raffle prize e-mail tonivose1234@hotmail.com