A CAMPAIGN to save a five-year-old boy fighting a rare cancer has drawn record support, with 4,855 potential stem cell donors queuing in the rain to be tested at his school.
Brave Oscar Saxelby-Lee has just three months to find a life-saving donor after being diagnosed with T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (T-ALL) on December 28 last year.
His desperate parents Olivia Saxelby and Jamie Lee launched an appeal for a match through Pitmaston Primary School in Worcester.
And when the local community heard of his plight, a tide of potential donors turned up there over the weekend.
Olivia, 23, said: ‘We felt like we could not see light at the end of the tunnel but, when looking at Oscar’s cheeky smile, bravery and determination, we managed to pull our strength together again.
‘From that moment of fear and confusion, we as a family became stronger than ever. Oscar reminded us how to fight again and how courageous he is.
‘Not once has he shown weakness, nor has he ceased to amaze us throughout the most difficult times, and that to us is a true warrior. Oscar is a fun, loving, energetic five-year-old boy. Not only does he need to enjoy a normal life, he now needs someone else to save him.’
Oscar’s teaching assistant Laura Senter, 22, said: ‘I saw him before Christmas and he was his usual happy-go-lucky self.
‘If a child falls over and cuts their knee you can put a plaster on it. With something like this you can’t just fix it. That’s why we have gone into “action mode” to try and find a donor.’
DKMS, the charity that tests the swabs, said its previous record for a registration event is 2,200 people. Test results are usually returned in six to eight weeks.