THE continuing plight of little Braiden Prescott has sparked a rush of new fund-raising efforts for him.
The youngster, who has child cancer neuroblastoma, travelled to America for treatment earlier this year and is now back home after medics were forced to abandon it mid-way.
Neuroblastoma is a form of cancer that starts in certain types of very early forms of nerve cells found in an embryo or fetus. (The term neuro refers to nerves, while blastoma refers to a cancer that affects immature or developing cells).
It is a type of cancer which occurs in infants and young children. It is rarely found in children older than 10 years old.
The mounting medical bills have prompted many to hold fund-raising events for the three-year-old including local businesses.
Popular town centre restaurant Franco’s is one of the latest to get behind Braiden’s cause with plans for a charity dinner later this year.
On Friday September 6 the eatery on Rodney Street is putting on an evening of live music from singer Wayne Farrow and a three-course meal for £25.
Guests will arrive at 7pm with food served at 7.30pm and all proceeds going to help Braiden.
Elsewhere the Millstone pub in Golborne will host a race night on Friday, August 3, starting at 7.30pm.
All food must be ordered beforehand by calling 01942 248668.
There will be nine horse races and one pig race with forecasts costing £3 and cash prizes on offer.
Once again, proceeds from the evening will go to Braiden’s appeal. Another pub hosting an event is the Tipping Arms on Poolstock Lane, which will be holding an evening of mediumship.
Entry is £5, payable on the door, for the night with medium Howard Davison.
It will be held this Thursday, starting at 8pm in the function room.
There will also be a raffle to raise extra money for Braiden.
Then this Sunday, there will be a charity football match at Atherton Laburnum Rovers’ Crilly Park ground.
There will be special guest appearances from stars of Waterloo Road, Coronation Street, Eastenders, Emmerdale and Hollyoaks as well as a live concert stage with singers.
There will be a funfair, a bouncy castle and motorpowered go-karts.
The event is in aid of Braiden as well as two other children, Lamarno Healy and Katie Dodd.
Kay Berry, who has helped put events together for Braiden, said: “Many thanks to all involved so far with Braiden’s appeal. Special thanks to Wigan Film Academy, Braiden’s Band, Franco’s and The Millstone.
“Braiden is a true inspiration to us all and your continued support is appreciated by all the family.
“Please help us to give Braiden-Lee a fighting chance, together we can beat this.”
Donations to Braiden’s appeal can also be made by visiting www.justgiving.com/Braiden-lee or texting BRLE99 with the amount or contacting firstname.lastname@example.org