New battle for Sunderland cancer sufferer Connor

Connor Cassidy has just started at Barnes Infants School. The five year old from Sydenham Terrace has been diagnosed with terminal neuroblastoma cancer.
Connor Cassidy has just started at Barnes Infants School. The five year old from Sydenham Terrace has been diagnosed with terminal neuroblastoma cancer.
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LITTLE Connor Cassidy just wants to play with his friends, but doctors are sending him hundreds of miles across the country in a bid to keep him alive.

The five-year-old has been diagnosed as terminally ill with cancer, but everything is being done to prolong his life as long as possible.

As well as undergoing rounds of gruelling chemotherapy, the Barnes youngster has also had to go to London for specialist radiation therapy.

But despite doctors’ best efforts, little is working to halt the spread of cancer around his tiny body.

Mum Elaine Fraser, 23, who is also mother to Nathan, one, said: “He went down to London for two courses of MIBG therapy there. It’s a really radioactive course so he couldn’t be near under 18-year-olds straight afterwards, like his brother, in case it was dangerous to them.

“They hoped it would control the cancer, but he started getting pains again.”

Connor, who attends Barnes Primary School, then embarked on another course of chemotherapy at Newcastle’s RVI which he completed a month ago.

Elaine said: “The chemotherapy was ok at first but then he wasn’t very well at all and all his hair started falling out. A couple of months ago he started getting pains in his hips and complains of head and back ache.

“Some days he just has to lie on the sofa.”

Connor though was determined to get back to school last week so he could play with best friend Ethan.

Elaine said: “He has his good and his bad days, he’s on steroids at the minute which has reduced the swelling. He really wanted to get back to school for an afternoon, he just wants to do what other little boys his age are doing.”

Connor was initially diagnosed with a neuroblastoma tumour in 2008, a cancer which forms in nerve tissue. He underwent intensive courses of chemotherapy, radiotherapy and a seven-hour operation. At first, hopes were high that he had beaten the cancer.

But tests went on to show the original tumour in his chest has grown and that the disease has spread throughout his body.

His family are hosting a fund-raiser to pay for precious trips with Connor and to raise funds for The Neuroblastoma Society and Donna’s Dream House, in Blackpool, a holiday home for families affected by cancer which Connor has visited.

It will take place at 7.30pm on October 29 at Pallion Working Men’s Club and will be a Halloween fancy dress with a buffet and raffle.

Tickets are £5 and can be purchased on the door.

Anyone who would like to donate raffle prizes to the fund-raiser can contact Elaine on 07809 728770 or Jess on 07506 749292.