On 1st February this year, an old school friend of mine and her partner were hit with the awful news that their youngest son Alfie had a stage-3 malignant brain tumour. He was just 8 months old.
Alfie has had to endure all sorts of medical procedures (fluid drain, 13 hours of brain surgery, 5 lumbar punctures, head stitches corrected 3 times, internal shunt fitted & changed 3 times). The most recent MRI scan showed that the tumour had not been fully removed so chemotherapy will be necessary until he is 3. Add to this, his inability to swallow - he has to be tube-fed.
More recently, Alfie's parents, Charlotte & James, were told there may be another tumour on his spine. Should this be confirmed (shortly), it means the chemo isn't working which means they'll have to source an alternative chemo elsewhere in the world.
Alfie and his family are a true inspiration to me and everyone that knows them; after I was bullied into running the Great South Run by a friend (big thanks to Julie for that, 10 whole miles), I decided that it was only right to raise some precious funds for Alfie along the way so please dig deep and sponsor me knowing that your money is going to a true Superstar!