This is a guest blog written by James Lyne, father of William who is having treatment for acute myeloid leukaemia.
My three year old son William Lyne was first diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia type M7 in February 2011 (aged two at that time). He presented with a lot of pain early on and needed a constant morphine background to help through the days. AML is the adult form of the disease (as opposed to the more common form in children, ALL, which thanks to research has a significantly better outlook).
He was treated as an inpatient at the Royal Marsden in Sutton until July 2011 when we were advised his chance of relapse was only 30%.
Unfortunately, William relapsed over Christmas (Christmas day was the first major and clear sign of a relapse). He has since had three courses of strong chemotherapy again as an inpatient at the Royal Marsden in Sutton and is due a to start a bone marrow transplant (the only known cure following a relapse) in May again as an inpatient at the Marsden. His current chances of survival/mortality are 50:50. The bone marrow transplant will take an average of six weeks as an inpatient, then many months of worry about virus/infections which can and have recently been seen to be be fatal. Though having a transplant in the summer is advantageous as the likelihood of catchnig a virus is smaller.
Though I wish I could cure this horrible disease, I know this is beyond me, but I can support the people who can make a difference with financial support.
With this my brother David, my friend and colleague Paul Richardson and I have decided to cycle around the Island of Zealand, around 260 miles, in Denmark in September this year with the hope to raise money for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.
I hope you will support me in my quest to help find a cure.
You can also text us to donate be texting Lyne55 £1/ £2/ £5/ £10 to 70070 e.g. texting LYNE55 £2 - will donate £2