Family hope to raise £70,000 for son's life-changing operation in America - The Solihull Observer

Family hope to raise £70,000 for son's life-changing operation in America

Solihull Editorial 24th May, 2024   0

A COUPLE whose daughter beat leukaemia is calling on Silhillians to help get their son, who has been diagnosed with a rare brain tumour, get back on the football pitch.

The family of Archie Ferris are hoping to send the 12-year-old to America for specialist treatment to remove the tumour which was discovered last year.

Archie’s aunt, Sarah Mayers, called this ‘a cruel twist of fate’ after his sister Grace was diagnosed with leukaemia when she was just six months old.

The family moved to Perth in Australia in 2012 and it was at the children’s hospital there he had to under go emergency surgery which left him having to learn to walk, talk and feed himself again.

Sarah says Archie is working with his Dad, Ian during physio sessions to get back on the pitch he loves.

Archie’s tumour is located near the brain stem cannot be treated with chemotherapy or radiotherapy, and he will need further surgery to remove the remainder of the tumour.

The Birmingham City Football Club fan has been on a trial drug in an attempt to shrink the tumour, but to date this has been unsuccessful.

The family are trying to raise £70,000 to get Archie to America to see a specialist paediatric neurosurgeon and hopefully have surgery remove his tumour.

The Ferris family, who have spent years in and out of hospital with daughter Grace, who is now 18 and an aspiring nurse in Australia have set up a go fund me page to help the young Blues fan, Archie get to America for life saving brain surgery.

Sarah said: “The effects on the family both here in the UK and in Perth has been devastating, and it seems so cruel after everything they went through with Grace when she was a baby and now they are going through it again with Archie.

“We are desperate to help them raise the funds they need to get Archie to America and on the road to recovery.

“This family needs your help.”

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