Nathan was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) in May 2010, aged just two.
His parents became concerned when he developed a rash and suspecting meningitis, rushed him straight to A&E. After being transferred from one hospital to another and following various blood tests, Nathan was finally diagnosed with leukaemia.
“My husband and I were just in shock. It made no sense. How can my baby have cancer? I just thought, what do we do now and how do we beat this?” says Mel, Nathan’s mum.
Nathan was given a platelet transfusion and transferred to the Great North Children’s Hospital in Newcastle where he began treatment. The first seven months of treatment were intense and left Nathan in constant pain, unable to walk, and fighting off infection after infection. The chemotherapy course will last three years, finishing in July 2013.
Mel says: “Now we’re past half way in Nathan’s treatment, I can see light at the end of the tunnel. Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research means so much to me - if it wasn’t for the funding they put into research my son might not be here today. Too many children are still dying from leukaemia which means there is still work to do.”