Sunderland rallies in support for 'little hero' Joe Archer from Sunderland as cancer returns just days after ringing the bell

Our readers have shared their love for three-year-old Joe who has been re-diagnosed with cancer after ringing the bell in the RVI.

Saturday, 1st February 2020, 8:00 am
Updated Monday, 3rd February 2020, 9:11 am

Joseph Archer spent his third birthday in hospital after being diagnosed with cancer and during this time, his playhouse was stolen.

Although family friends donated a new one to Joe, he can’t play with it as he remains in the RVI battling his cancer.

In January, things were looking up as he rang the bell to mark the end of his chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Sadly, just a couple of days later, his family members were told that doctors found tumours had returned to both of his lungs, so he is now set for more chemotherapy treatment.

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Joe's family say he has continued to smile throughout.

After Echo readers heard this news, they rallied in support of Joe and his family as his stepdad, Ryan Sowerby, gets set for a sponsored head shave to raise money for a family holiday when he is well enough to travel.

Gaye Wilson said: “Keep strong. He’s in the best place for treatment. Thinking of you all. It’s such a hard road to follow. I’ve travelled it too and a miracle happened for us so I’ll be praying you get one too.”

Irene Anne Franciosi added: “Ah bless him. I hope this time he fights it, wins it and he's cured for life! God bless him and his family.”

Pat Robson said: “Keep strong. Little Hero. Praying you make it.”

Joe Archer was re-diagnosed with cancer shortly after ringing the bell in hospital.

Laura Smiler Robinson commented: “Poor lil boy. Keep strong lovely. Get well soon.”

Allassandra Elizabeth Richardson said: “Praying for a miracle."

Susan Harrison added: “All my prayers and best thoughts little man.”

Susan Hope said: “Such a shame. Get well little chap.”

After ringing the bell, Joe has sadly been re-diagnosed after doctors found tumours on his lungs.

Chris Malkin commented: “Get well soon little one.”

Joe’s mam Beckie Archer said: “He’s the best he’s ever been though. He’s dancing, singing and being so cheeky. He’s walking around again and it’s sad but he’s definitely getting the strength to battle it.

“He’s amazing and all the nurses are wrapped around his little finger.”

Ryan’s fundraiser has now raised over £700, to donate click here.

Beckie Archer with son Joe Archer, three, daughter Amy Archer, seven and partner Ryan Sowerby.