MY three-year-old son, William Lyne, was first diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia Type M7 in February, 2011, (aged two at that time).
He was in a lot of pain early on and needed a constant morphine background to help him through the days.
AML is the adult form of the disease (as opposed to the commonest form of ALL in children which, thanks to research, has a significantly better outlook).
He was treated as an inpatient at the Royal Marsden in Sutton until July 2011 when we were advised his chance of relapse was only 30 per cent.
Unfortunately, William relapsed over Christmas (Christmas day was the first major and clear sign of a relapse).
He has since had three courses of strong Chemotherapy again as an inpatient at the Royal Marsden in Sutton and is due a to start a bone marrow transplant (the only known cure following a relapse) in May, again as an inpatient at the Marsden.
His current chances of survival/ mortality are 50:50.
The bone marrow transplant will take an average of six weeks as an inpatient, then many months of worry about viruses/infections which can be fatal. Though clearly having a transplant in the summer is advantageous with respect to catching a virus.
Though I wish I could cure this horrible disease, I know this is beyond me, though I can help the people who can make a difference with financial support.
With this my brother David, my colleague Paul Richardson, and I have decided to cycle around the island of Zealand in Denmark (around 260 miles) in September this year with the hope to raise money for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.
I hope you will support me in my quest to help find a cure.
Our link is http://www.justgiving.com/williamlyne
You can also donate by mobile phone text (SMS) i.e. Lyne55 £1/ £2/ £5/ £10 TO 70070 to donate. eg texting LYNE55 £2 - donates two pounds.