15th March 2016
Harrison Sanders Fundraiser
Zoe Sanders and Chloe Munro, both year 8 pupils at Sir Thomas Boughey High School, were set the challenge by Guides to ‘grow a pound’ in order to earn their charity badge. With support of the school both girls will receive this badge and have made a brilliant contribution towards the Harrison16fund (Guides’ chosen charity). The Harrison16fund is aimed at raising the money needed to provide Harrison, a now young man, with a more capable limb than can be offered on the NHS and to raise awareness of osteosarcoma, a very rare but aggressive form of bone cancer.
After being seen by three doctors and being sent for physiotherapy for chronic pain in his leg, 16 year old Harrison Sanders (Zoe’s cousin) and his family were given the devastating news that Harrison had been diagnosed with high grade osteoblastic osteosarcoma (bone cancer). By the time the tumour was found in his tibia, it was 17 inches in length and pushing through his knee joint. Harrison was admitted to Alderhey Children’s Hospital where he underwent 18 doses of high intensity chemotherapy and 11 doses of immunotherapy treatment. The treatment left him unable to eat (through large and painful ulcers to both the mouth and throat), caused liver and spleen inflammation, hearing loss and mucusitis. Due to his reduced immune system Harrison also suffered from shingles and many life threatening infections and needed numerous blood an platelet transfusions. After coping with all this, in January 2015 Harrison had to make the life changing decision to have his leg amputated; without the amputation the horrible and aggressive disease had a 1 in 5 chance of reoccurring.
To date Harrison is cancer free and has returned to college to complete his BTEC Level 2 in Creative Media and Game Development, whilst re-adjusting to life as a teenager. Harrison and his family have set out to raise the vast amount of £30,000 needed to provide him with his dream of having a more capable prosthetic limb, which will allow him to lead a more normal life than the basic, heavy and cumbersome prosthetic leg that the NHS can provide. Although the NHS limb provides Harrison with the ability to walk again, it can only be worn for approximately three hours at a time and takes up nearly two thirds of his energy to use it. The family entered 2016 with a healthy £11,232 towards the total needed to provide Harrison with a new leg, but still have a long way to go. They also applied to become a registered charity so that once they have helped Harrison reach his dream, they can help provide other children, who lose limbs to this horrendous disease, with new more capable limbs and to raise awareness of Osteosarcoma and childhood cancer.
Whilst working for their guides badge Zoe Sanders and Chloe Munro have given up their break and lunch hour every day for a week to hold a bake sale to help Harrison in his fight to raise awareness of Osteosarcoma and gain his new prosthetic limb. With greatest thanks to all the pupils and staff that have supported the girls in their plight to raise funds, by buying the cakes which were for sale, I would like to say a massive congratulations to both of the girls for raising a staggering amount of £276.46 towards Harrison’s cause.
Well done Zoe Sanders and Chloe Munro!
If you would like to find out more about Harrison’s campaign please like harrison16fund on Facebook. Alternatively, to make a donation (which would be gratefully and sincerely received) please dontate at www.gofundme.com/harrison16fund.
Alternatively if you would like more information you can contact Harrison’s family by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.