Press Release: 26th June 2020
Oscar Flies Home Cancer Free
We are absolutely delighted to be able to share the most incredible news.
Today, Oscar Saxelby - Lee and his parents are flying home from Singapore. Oscar remains free of detectable cancer after having received pioneering life-saving treatment in Singapore.
Oscar’s flight back to the UK is taking place almost 10 months after he and his parents Olivia and Jaime embarked on their journey to Singapore to try and save Oscar’s life.
At the end of last year, Worcestershire and the West Midlands came together with the Grace Kelly Childhood Cancer Trust and Pitmaston Primary School to fundraise over half a million pounds to fund potentially lifesaving treatment for Oscar as part of the Hand in Hand for Oscar campaign.
At this point, Oscar had already exhausted treatment options in the UK and the treatments available were not going to be curative. It was then that his parents, Olivia Saxelby and Jaime Lee started looking for other options.
Oscar is only the second child in the world to receive this ground-breaking personalised treatment for T cell acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL). Up until now, it has only been available for children with B-cell ALL. Oscar’s heart-warming campaign showed people at their best, all working together.
This news is amazing, not just for Oscar, but potentially for other children in a similar position in the future. Oscar still has a way to go and will need to be shielded for a good while longer once he gets home, but he remains cancer free and smiling.
Jen Kelly from the Grace Kelly Childhood Cancer Trust said:
"The Grace Kelly Trust are delighted to see Oscar returning home to the UK with his mum and dad. Our smiles have been growing ever wider as we watched Oscar’s miraculous journey. We are so proud to have been able to play a key part in Oscar’s bid for life saving treatment in Singapore and it is wonderful to see Oscar doing so well following his ground-breaking treatment. The Grace Kelly Trust is currently working hard to support many other families at this current time. Working towards our charity purpose, ‘Because the children of today all deserve a tomorrow’ continues to drive us forward. To find out more, please take a look at our website www.gkcct.org.”
The Grace Kelly Childhood Cancer Trust was set up in memory of 4-year-old Grace. Grace’s wish was to help other children, and this is exactly what she has helped to do.
We would like to say thank you to everyone that helped throughout the Hand in Hand for Oscar campaign. Between us, this has enabled Oscar to return home free from cancer.
We wish Oscar, Olivia and Jaime a very safe journey home. It will be wonderful to have you back in Worcestershire again for Oscar to continue with his incredible recovery.
For more information please contact: Dr Jen Kelly – Director