‘We’ve done it.’
That’s the message from the family of Corey Ashcroft, now £210,000 has been raised to send him to America for potentially life-saving treatment against cancer.
The two-year-old, from Eccleston, has an aggressive form of neuroblastoma and for the past 12 weeks, people across Chorley, Leyland and beyond have been holding a series of fund-raising events on his behalf.
Corey’s mum Joanna told the Guardian she cannot believe that friends, family, supporters and total strangers have donated nearly £250,000.
She said: “It has been the most surreal experience, and one that has changed us all forever.
“We are completely overwhelmed by the support.
“The money has come in from fun days, themed events and a joust, to bookstalls and jumble sales and Corey merchandise.
“In only a few weeks, we have learnt just what the people of Eccleston and surrounding villages are prepared to do for a poorly little boy.
“How can we ever repay them? I have thought about this a lot, and the only way to truly honour everyone’s hard work and commitment to this cause is to continue to do everything in my power to get Corey healthy so that everyone who watches him grow can feel as proud as we will be.
“He is so lucky to have so many special people behind him.”
The money will be used to pay for specialist treatment in the US which mean that there is lower chance of a relapse.
He could undergo immunotherapy trearment as early as November.
There are plenty of events still in the pipeline, and any extra money will pay towards Corey’s intensive care.
Joanna said: “Corey has an uncertain future, even with this proven treatment and no one can say for sure that he won’t need more expensive treatment abroad if he should relapse.
“In the event that he does not need these funds, they would be used to help other children with this dreaded disease.”
Earlier this week, Corey was at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital having chemotherapy, and today he was expected to have stem cell treatment.
Corey’s auntie Julia said: “He has been in for a week and had his first dose on Monday, which went down like he was drinking his apple juice.
“He will have to have some radiotherapy, and in 100 days from now, we hope to be in America getting the immunotherapy.
“Corey is going to be a very sick kid over the next few weeks, but it is comforting to know that so many people are supporting us and him.”
- Chorley and District Pool League will be holding a presentation evening and trick-shot night at Chorley FC on September 17 with tickets priced at £5, and proceeds will be donated to the Corey Appeal.
Football shirts will be auctioned off on the night, and for more information contact Aidy Astley on 0790 8229967 or John Beck 0794 7754719.
Anyone wishing to support The Corey Appeal can find more information at www.coreyashcroft.co.uk.