A school put its best foot forward to raise funds for a children’s hospital on behalf of a little boy battling leukaemia.
Mums and dads took their turn along with the preschool and each class in running or walking round the school field to back Alder Hey Children’s NHS Trust for reception class youngster Szymon Parlej.
Szymon was born on March 21, 2011 at the Countess of Chester Hospital.
Mum Katarzyna said: “When he was 18 months of age he started feeling poorly and in November 2011 we got told he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, in other words blood cancer.
“On December 3, 2012, my birthday, Szymon received his first chemo. His little body went through all the stages of treatment so far the way the doctors wanted.
“He’s a lucky little boy. During his hardest times he could count on his brother Bartek, 8, sister Natalia, 16 and parents and the rest of the family to keep him company and a smile on his face. Amazing hospital staff also contributed to this smile.”
She continued: “The journey of bringing Szymon back to health started in December 2012 and the planned day of the end of his chemo treatment is January 23 next year.
“Szymon fought and is still fighting like a real soldier with his loved ones by his side. Despite this difficult illness he is a very happy child who likes riding on his bike, playing football, drawing and all the other things children his age enjoy doing.”
Due to his central line, a tube in his body through which he is given chemo and some other medicines, Syzmon isn’t able to fully submerge in water. And he cannot wait until the end of his treatment so the line can be taken out and he can go swimming.
Katarzyna says Szymon is also waiting for when he will join his school friends in Elton Primary School. She and husband Pawel asked if funds could be raised for Alder Hey and the school Tweeted: “Elton Primary pupils and families you are amazing!”