Charity news / by Jennifer Kelly
Fri, 10/23/2020 - 10:15

Oscar Returns to school cancer free


We are proud to be able to announce some wonderful news. Yesterday, 6-year-old Oscar Saxelby- Lee was able to return to school to play with some friends for the first time in nearly two years. A simply incredible day.

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’s mother, Olivia Saxelby said:

“He went into school for a very short half an hour block with a few of his peers. He was exhausted after half an hour but he just didn't want to leave. He was absolutely buzzing. He loved walking through the doors. He even signed himself in. I was so emotional. This has been a goal for so long."

Oscar will be returning again today and will build up to longer sessions after half term. The Grace Kelly Childhood Cancer Trust is so proud to have played a part in making this happen for this family.

Jen Kelly, Director of the Grace Kelly Childhood Cancer Trust said:

“We are absolutely delighted to hear the news that yesterday Oscar Saxelby- Lee was well enough to return to school. Just over a year ago, the charity helped support Oscar’s family to raise over £500,000 to access potentially lifesaving treatment in Singapore. He had a diagnosis of refractory T-cell Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia and had exhausted all potentially curative options in the UK. I was pleased to meet Oscar and his mother Olivia again since their return to the UK and it is wonderful to see him doing so well."

"The Car- T Cell treatment that he received is a ground-breaking treatment with so much potential, but it is still in its very early days. We do hope that this will pave the way in enabling more trial uses of this treatment for other children too. We are so grateful to the people of Worcestershire and nationally for their incredible support in making this possible. In particular, thank you to the staff and parents of Pitmaston Primary School for their unwavering support. We are very proud to have played a key part in this campaign. It is wonderful to see what a community can do when they work together.”

Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, the Grace Kelly Childhood Cancer Trust has been working tirelessly to support so many families both locally and nationally.