Northampton schoolboy is fundraising for cancer after having right eye removed as baby

A 10-year-old Northampton fundraiser, who was diagnosed with a rare form of eye cancer, has managed to raise £1400 by walking 10,000 steps everday throughout March.

Tuesday, 28th March 2017, 6:11 pm
Updated Tuesday, 9th May 2017, 8:20 pm
Harvey Dellar
Harvey Dellar

Harvey Dellar of Hunsbury Meadows, had his right eye removed when he was 14 months old and was diagnosed with a rare form of eye cancer.

While he was a toddler, Harvey had to be anaesthetised every six weeks so that the doctors could check his left eye in case he developed further tumours but now he is fundraising for to support vital life-saving research.

Proud mum, Caroline Louise Haywood said he still has to regularly attend Birmingham Children's Hospital for check-ups but he has pulled off the mighty 10,000 step challenge everyday.

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She said: "He has a lot of people behind him, he has done really well with his artificial eye. It's something nice that Harvey can give back.

"The support has been brilliant, he has been standing up in assembly at school.

"He has been looked after so well at Birmingham children's hospital and on being diagnosed he had the best care I could ask for. It has saved his life."

Harvey suffers a higher risk of developing skin, lung and bone cancer and if he decides to have children in the future they will face a 50 per cent chance of developing the same condition.

Medical professionals have said the cancer is genetic and there is a high risk that he could develop tumours in his other eye.

"Harvey had a fit bit for Christmas and he tracked his steps daily," she added. "This will help many adults and children to get the help and support they need and for cancer research to carry on the fantastic work they do."

Harvey is taking part in Walk All Over Cancer. Fundraisers are asked to 'walk, skip or dance' 10,000 steps a day.

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