Corey faces up to high-dose chemotherapy

Corey Ashcroft enjoys the mini golf at the fundraiser held in his name at the Highfield Pub Croston
Corey Ashcroft enjoys the mini golf at the fundraiser held in his name at the Highfield Pub Croston
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A youngster battling against a rare form of cancer has been enjoying his last few days of normality with his family before embarking on high dose chemotherapy.

Corey Ashcroft, two, of Eccleston, near Chorley, has an aggressive form of neuroblastoma and his family are trying to raise £210,000 to send him to America for the final stage of his treatment as the treatment there means there is a lower chance of relapse.

But first Corey has to undergo high dose chemotherapy and a cell stem transplant at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital and he will begin the treatment on Tuesday and it will be followed by up to six weeks of isolation.

Knowing that Corey will be very poorly after the treatment, his parents Joanna and Craig have been trying to pack in as much family fun as possible for Corey before he has to go back into hospital.

Mum Joanna, 32, said: “We are very nervous about Corey’s treatment, but unfortunately it is a necessary evil he has to go through to get back to full health and hopefully he will bounce back from it.

“We have been making the most of Corey been well and lively and active and have been trying to pack in as much normality and fun as possible.

“We have been to the beach and been going out on walks and spent a lot of time outside enjoying the fresh air and Corey has been spending a lot of time playing with his five-year-old brother Kian and his three-year-old cousin Jenna.

“We just want to get the next stage of Corey’s treatment over with minimal discomfort so we can get on with the rest of his treatment and hopefully get to America for the final stage of the treatment.”

The final stage of Corey’s treatment is immunotherapy, and his family want this carried out at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, to give the tot the greatest chance of survival.

The fundraising campaign to send Corey to America has reached £178,000. The goal was initially £250,000, but the US hospital has discounted it to £210,000.

Go to www.coreyashcroft.co.uk for more details