Levie's story

Levie is just like any other child. He loves playing football with his friends and going to school. Whilst playing football one day, Levie was struck in the eye and developed a swelling which caused his mother, Teresa, to worry.

Teresa took her son to the eye department at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH), which is supported by World Child Cancer. A series of tests showed a tumour in the eye and Levie was diagnosed with Burkitt lymphoma. He was just nine years old.

Levie's mother took him to hospital at the earliest opportunity he received an early diagnosis. Levie was able to receive treatment as an outpatient but was later admitted back on to the Paediatric oncology ward as an inpatient due to a relapse.

Many children with cancer in developing countries receive a late diagnosis or misdiagnosis which means they do not receive the treatment they need. World Child Cancer develops partnerships between doctors in the developed world and those in the developing world to enhance awareness of childhood cancer to increase the chances of an early diagnosis.

Levie is now going through his second round of treatment and is responding well. Lisa Fernandes, Community and Events Manager, visited QECH in august 2017 and met Levie;

“Levie is a very bright young boy who received 100% in the maths test I gave to him and some of the other children on the ward. I asked him what he wanted to be when he was older, he replied that he wanted to be a Bank Manager. Every child deserves the opportunity to grow up and fulfil their dreams. Levie is no different.”

You can help give the gift of growing up to children like Levie by donating today. Just £50 could fund training for a healthcare worker on the early warning signs of childhood cancer, providing children a faster route to treatment.