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Oliver Bonington

Oliver was born February 2007, our first child, happy and healthy, the most beautiful little boy, he was our life from the second he was born.  He remained happy and healthy and was the cheekiest, funniest little boy, he was a complete joy to have and filled our lives with enormous amounts of laughter and love. At the age of 20 months, on the 1st of December 2008 it was confirmed that Oliver had Neuroblastoma stage 4. I was holding Oliver in my arms as the consultant broke that news, I'd never clung to him so tightly before, I wanted to pick him up and run home, but we had to sit and listen to the consultant explain how seriously ill our baby boy was and the treatment he would have to have to try and save his life.

Our world and lives changed so dramatically, our first born child had Cancer, a very aggressive childhood cancer, and with a very poor survival prognosis. He began chemotherapy that day. He responded very well and gradually began feeling better and our Oliver started to shine through all the weeks of pain and high dose pain relief, we saw our son fighting, with everything he had, he was only 21 months but so wise and empathetic, through all his own pain and illness he always thought of others. He once heard a child crying, he asked me to go and give the crying child his favourite blanket, when I said that the child would be fine, Oliver got really upset and asked me again to go and give him his blanket....he'd say "don't cry" "Be 'Appy" and have a kisses and cuddles at the ready for those he loved.

Half way through the rapid cojec protocol, tests showed that the tumour had shrunk and the bone marrow clear, the best possible news at that stage, our boy was going to make it. He continued the treatment and the last one was early February 2009, he remained well and had coped with the treatment brilliantly. The next stage was to have the re-staging tests and scans prior to the planned operation to remove the tumour in March. The results of these tests were not what we expected or wanted to hear, the tumour had grown and there was once more bone marrow involvement, Oliver would not be having the operation, he needed more chemotherapy, the bone marrow needed to be clear. So early march he began TVD, it was very very hard on him and he once agin stopped walking and eating and was very weak. After two rounds of this he had tests to see if it was having the desired effect....it wasn't, at all, in fact the tumour had continued to grow and spread, he was extremely poorly. It was at this point the consultants took us to the 'family room' and gave us the news no parent should ever have to receive, our baby boy couldn't be cured. Our world, our son, our life was going to be taken from us by cancer.

We had a weekend at home, and the following week we went to a children's hospice, just six days later Oliver flew to Heaven, he was taken from us and his sister. 
Aged just two years and two months and a short but courageous battle of 22 weeks, our son was at peace and free of pain.
He is loved and missed beyond words, our world and lives are no longer as joyous and filled with love and laughter as they were whilst he was here with us. Heaven has the most precious child and the sky has the brightest star, our son Oliver.
"Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" xx

It is our wish to honour Oliver by creating a fund in his name that will be used to help other children and their families fighting Neuroblastoma. Working together with other like minded families, we hope to create a fund that can be used to provide children with life saving treatment and fund research into a cure for Neuroblastoma. 

You can help us by making a donation to Oliver's fund, or by becoming part of Team Oliver and registering an event of your own, or taking part in an event already planned. By doing this you will also be helping us to pay tribute to, and celebrate the life of, our amazing little boy, Oliver.

 

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