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Participants of the Bike in Ya Boxers charity bike ride, to raise money for 14 month old Ryan Wright, who has a rare cancer and needs to go to Germany for treatment. Front, mum, Hayley Wright with Ryan. Back, left to right, Terri Cooper, James Green, Pete Green, Kev Warnes, Claire Warnes, Peter Miller, Zoe Charles, Kim Miller and Ellen Goodyear. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY
Alex Hurrell, Reporter
Thursday, October 4, 2012
North Walsham is rallying to help a seriously-ill baby living in the town with a flurry of fund-raising events to pay for possible last-ditch treatment.
● North Walsham’s Kitale charity shop and café has pledged to give all today’s (October 4) takings to the cause, plus £1 from each sale of coffee and cake. The total will be doubled by a local businessman.
● A darts night at Walcott’s Lighthouse Inn tomorrow, October 5, at 7.30pm.
● A charity auction, raffle, and Michael Bublé tribute act (Dale Bullimore) at The Olive Tree Restaurant, Bacton Road, North Walsham, on October 14. Music 6.30pm-7.30pm, auction from 7.30pm. Entry £10. Among dozens of lots are two tickets to see the musical Scrooge in London, a nine-hole playing lesson at Royal Cromer Golf Club, a day’s boat hire on the Broads, a penant signed by Norwich City FC’s first team, something signed by Will Young, and a bottle of House of Commons wine signed by deputy prime minister Nick Clegg.
● A Bike in Ya Boxers sponsored ride, from North Walsham’s Bluebell pub to The Poacher’s Pocket, Bacton, on October 20, beginning at noon. Organised by Bacton businessman Peter Miller, the event will see dozens of cyclists striking out wearing colourful boxers.
Offers of help have been flooding in to fund specialist treatment for bright and bubbly Ryan Wright who suffers from the rare cancer neuroblastoma.
His parents, Hayley and Darren, say they are deeply touched and very grateful that the community has taken their sick son to its heart.
A clutch of events has already been held, raising almost £2,500, and more are planned.
One-year-old Ryan underwent a successful operation to remove a primary tumour from his adrenal gland last month. Chemotherapy has radically shrunk another, in an eye socket.
But Mr and Mrs Wright, of Fairview Road, have been told that there is a high likelihood the cancer will return when Ryan is a little older.
They are trying to raise an initial £20,000 to start a £150,000 programme of “Rist” - reduced-intensity stem cell transplantation - treatment in Germany. The Wrights say the treatment has been successful in some instances and is their last hope if Ryan does relapse later, as the NHS could then only offer end-of-life care.
“We’re very emotional and overwhelmed, but very happy with the amount of support, help and kindness that the people of North Walsham have given us so far,” said Mrs Wright, 31.
“It’s been amazing how quickly it has taken off, and how well known and loved Ryan is.”
Despite complications, Ryan has just had an operation to harvest stem cells. Mr and Mrs Wright expect to hear shortly whether further surgery will be needed to harvest more, ahead of a week’s intensive chemotherapy treatment which Mr Wright said would leave Ryan feeling “very poorly” for a month.
Any unused appeal money will be given to the charity Families Against Neuroblastoma, to help others.
● Visit: www.justgiving.com/ryan-wright-appeal or www.facebook.com/beautifulRyan