Brave Char­lie in­un­dated with birth­day pre­sents

Accrington Observer - - FRONT PAGE - JON MACPHER­SON jon.macpher­son@men-news.co.uk @JonMacMEN

BRAVE can­cer bat­tler Char­lie Proc­ter has been in­un­dated with birth­day cards and pre­sents just days af­ter his heart­bro­ken par­ents an­nounced a fundrais­ing ap­peal to get him life-sav­ing treat­ment has ended.

Nearly £360,000 had been col­lected for the five-year-old from Church so he could travel to Amer­ica for treat­ment not avail­able in the UK.

How­ever, Am­ber Schofield and Ben Proc­ter were given the dev­as­tat­ing news that Char­lie, who has just weeks to live, is now too sick to re­ceive treat­ment and that his can­cer is ‘not cur­able’.

In a let­ter shared by Am­ber, Dr James Geller said: “We have dis­cussed Char­lie’s case this morn­ing and given his cur­rent liver and kid­ney func­tion, which is not re­versible with any sort of in­ter­ven­tional ap­proaches, we have noth­ing to of­fer Char­lie here in Cincin­nati, and thus we dis­cour­age travel.

“I’m ter­ri­bly sorry that Char­lie’s hep­a­to­blas­toma is not cur­able, and hope you can en­joy the time you have with him mak­ing mem­o­ries, and know that you have done and con­tinue to do ev­ery­thing you can to try to help your son.”

Am­ber said they are ‘heart­bro­ken’ but ‘haven’t given up’ and have thanked every­one for their in­cred­i­ble sup­port.

She wrote: “Char­lie’s fundrais­ing will now stop. We are still go­ing to try and help his liver, we don’t want to give up now.

“We wish to thank every­one for the out­pour­ing of sup­port you have shown for Char­lie and our fam­ily. It breaks my heart to share this up­date with you, but there is noth­ing Cincin­nati Chil­dren’s can do to help Char­lie now. We are grate­ful for the thoughts and prayers that have come our way.”

Dozens of peo­ple gath­ered at the Brooks Club in Ac­cring­ton on Satur­day for Char­lie’s sixth birth­day party where he re­ceived hun­dreds of pre­sents and more than 300 cards.

Am­ber said he isn’t six un­til April 2019 but has ‘so longed to be six that we we have to give him that’.

She said: “Char­lie has had the most amaz­ing birth­day EVER! Our house is crazy! We have so much to get through, that’s Char­lie’s favourite part!

“We were very over­whelmed with his party. It was per­fect. We have to face re­al­ity some­times, and as much as we are still try­ing to heal his liver nat­u­rally we know in our hearts it may not work.

“This day is some­thing we will trea­sure for­ever. The most amaz­ing mem­o­ries made to­day with every­one who loves and cares about Char­lie.”

● Piles of gifts for Char­lie’s birth­day

● Char­lie Proc­ter

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