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[p]Thomas was the son of one of my friends from medical school. He was a lively and happy little boy who enjoyed his bikes, swimming and going to the beach. [/p] [p]At just over 18 months old his appetite diminished and he started vomiting. After a few trips to the GP’s, paediatricians and A&E, an MRI scan revealed he had a tumour in the top of his spinal cord and extensive spread throughout the lining of his spinal cord and brain.[/p] [p]Over the following two years Thomas trialled four different chemotherapy protocols to try to gain control of the tumour. He suffered from pain, peripheral neuropathy, kidney damage, constipation, diarrhoea, sickness and a weakened immune system requiring numerous hospital admissions for antibiotics. Unfortunately the tumour continued to grow and Thomas suffered from behavioural changes, agitation, speech loss and seizures.[/p] [p]Given his problems, quality of life and failure to improve, Thomas' mum and dad, Nicky and Nat, decided to palliate him in August 2015; he passed away in November 2015 at the age of 4.[/p] [p]Since his death we have learnt why Thomas did not respond to treatment. More tissue samples were analysed which showed a newly recognised type of tumour - disseminated oligodendroglial-like leptomeningeal tumour of childhood.[/p] [p]The diagnosis of these tumours is notoriously difficult and due to their rarity there has been very little research done on either the tumour characteristics or which treatments are effective. [lt]br /[gt]Thomas’ tissue is the first of its type to be banked with CCLG.[/p] [p]I hope to raise money by running 10km on the 14[sup]th[/sup] of May for the Oxford Town and Gown, and aim to complete the race in under 55 minutes. Please donate if you can to this truly worthwhile cause![/p][p]EDIT - Having started training for this over the past week I've realised 55 minutes is a bit slow, so I've revised my target down to under 51 minutes (gulp!).. if you see me collapsed by the side of a street in Oxford please pause my stopwatch...[/p] [p]Thank you[/p] [p]xx P[/p][p][/p][p]UPDATE: Final chip time has come in at 52 minutes, so I didn't make it below 51 but I'm still happy with the time. It was a lovely day and I really enjoyed it (ok, maybe not the last 2 km!!) Thank you again for all your support[/p] [p][/p]
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