Time now running out for Braiden

Braiden Prescott

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A CANCER-stricken tot needs your help to raise money to seek medical treatment in America - and time is running out.

Two-year-old Braiden Prescott, was diagnosed with neuroblastoma after doctors found a tumour at the back of his stomach earlier this year.

He has since had the tumour taken out at Manchester Children’s Hospital and is now undergoing chemotherapy, but this will kill stem cells in the bone marrow.

As a result, he will undergo stem cell rescue and his parents - Wayne Prescott and Stephanie Reece - face a race against time to raise enough funds to send him to America for life-saving treatment.

After the stem cell rescue he will only have 100 days to enrol onto the immunotherapy protocol, which is designed to improve the chances of neuroblastoma never returning, and seems to be effective in improving the chances of survival by 25 per cent.

But the treatment costs £250,000 and the family is desperate for more funds.

Generous Wiganers have already got behind five-year-old Emma Hoolin, of Whitley, and helped her raise the cash for treatment in America for neuroblastoma cancer and Braiden’s dad Wayne is appealing for the same help.

Dad Wayne, 33, said: “It was a shock to us all when we found out and it has devastated us all.

“But all the doctors are happy with the way Braiden is recovering after his surgery. He is not complaining about being in pain and is smiling.

“My partner and I are staying at the Ronald McDonald House, which provides families with accommodation, with Braiden’s one-year-old brother, Tyler, so we are all together.

“All we can do is be there for Braiden.

“We really appreciate everyone’s efforts when fund-raising and I can’t thank anyone enough,

“There are a lot of people out there with big hearts who are willing to help - we just want people to carry on and support us.”

All previous fund-raisers helped Wayne and Stephanie cover transport costs as they travelled to Manchester to be with Braiden but now they need to raise money for his treatment, through charity Families Against Neuroblastoma.

To help boost funds, a karaoke and raffle night will take place at Leigh Miners Welfare Club, Twist Lane, on Saturday, July 7, from 7pm.

A fun day will also be held at The Dray King pub, in Hindley Green, on Sunday, July 22, from 1pm.

The event includes face painting, raffles, tombola, children’s area, stalls and live music from 6pm.

Entry is £1 for adults and 50p for children,

And the Atherton Arms pub plays host to another family fun day on Saturday, August 11, from noon.

To contribute towards Braiden’s treatment visit www.justgiving.com/braiden-lee-prescott-appeal or by text message by texting BRAI95 and your amount £1 - £10 to the number 70070.