There is a sale of donated art including ceramics at the Galleria (behind Stoke Newington Library) today until 8pm in aid of the treatment of Teddy Mascaro. (see below).
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Teddy is a cheeky, funny and affectionate little boy, who adores cuddles, playing with his friends, and is obsessed with horses! When he was just 16 months old he became ill, stopped crawling and his personality changed from lively and jolly to fearful and clingy. Initially doctors thought it was a virus or infection but in April 2018 a tumour was found in his stomach and he was diagnosed with high-risk neuroblastoma.
Mum Emma says: “Not in our wildest dreams could we have imagined it was cancer. We were utterly broken at this point, totally devastated. All we could think was that our baby was going to die. We simply couldn’t believe this was happening to our precious boy.”
Brave Teddy has already endured 7 blood transfusions and a number of gruelling rounds of treatment including chemotherapy. He has shown amazing spirit, handing out high fives to the doctors and nurses administering his medication. But whilst his treatment continues, his future is uncertain – in around 40-50% of children with high-risk neuroblastoma the cancer comes back and of those children fewer than 1 in 10 will survive. So, Teddy’s family are fundraising in case they need to access treatment or clinical trials not available through the NHS to give him the best chance of beating the disease.