Bickley fundraiser to honour seven-year-old cancer survivor
PUBLISHED: 15:24 21 February 2012
Seven-year-old Johnny Maslin has suffered more in his short years than most adults do in a lifetime.
Having undergone operations to remove two brain tumours- the first diagnosed at just 18 months old - the youngster has now developed epilepsy and is recovering at the Princess Royal in Farnborough from a seizure which happened on Monday.
His mother Jeni, 25, who also has a five-year-old son Jack, says the family has never spent more than a week away from hospital and never know when they will be back on the ward.
Now family friends have rallied together to host a fundraising event in Bickley on March 31 and they are desperately seeking donations from businesses and individuals for a raffle to raise as much money as possible.
It will go to the Clic Sargent children’s cancer charity which helps the Maslin family, from New Addington, by providing grants and other practical help such as letter writing as well as emotional support.
Mrs Maslin said: “Every little will help the charity. Johnny is a special little boy. He is very funny and he loves playing with buses and trains. He loves school.”
Speaking about the effect of his illness on family life, Mrs Maslin said: “It is very hard. If you plan a day out with the kids, it usually won’t happen. We don’t plan too far in advance and we hope for the best.”
Jonnhy was in remission for four years before his second tumour was discovered in July.
He had an operation to remove it in August and now has weekly blood tests, chemotherapy and radiotherapy to keep the cancer at bay but they make him feel sick and weak.
Family friend Terrie Murray, 25, from Sidcup, who is organising the fundraiser, said: “Johnny is a wonderful little boy to be around and keeping him alive is the most important thing.”
The event, which will involve games, pamper sessions, jewellery and cake sales will take place on March 31 at Bickley and Widmore Working Man’s Club in Tylney Road from 12.30pm to 5pm and all are invited to attend.
Any businesses or individuals with items to donate can email firstname.lastname@example.org.