THE family of youngster Skye Hall have been inundated with calls since their appeal in the Oxford Mail to help the dying youngster’s wishes come true.
Five-year-old Skye from Abingdon has been battling with a brain tumour for a year and has been working to complete a bucket list of fun activities before he dies.
All that is left on the list is for Skye to go swimming in a private hydrotherapy pool and to pull a prank where Skye would sit in a fake ice-cream dispenser and surprise people by plonking ice cream on the unsuspecting customer’s empty cone.
The toddler, who featured in the Oxford Mail on Wednesday, has touched people’s hearts and the family have received dozens of calls and emails from people eager to help.
Skye’s father Andy, 42, said: “A lot has happened in the last 24 hours, people have really responded.
“I have a lot of emails to look through.
“We’re talking with people to try to get things happening next week.”
As well as trying to complete Skye’s list, Mr Hall and his wife Sally have set up the Blue Skye Thinking charity and launched the Loom to the Moon appeal.
The appeal aims to make the world’s longest loom band – a craft where you tie small plastic bands together to form a chain.
The idea for the challenge came when Skye was making loom bands while receiving treatment in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber for hours at a time.
Despite only being set up this week, nearly 3,000 people have already liked the Loom to the Moon Facebook page and tens of metres of loom band have already been made by quick-fingered volunteers.
Blue Skye Thinking and the appeal will raise awareness and fund research into new treatment for brain tumours.
Mr and Mrs Hall say that the current treatment options are not good enough, as Skye’s radiotherapy treatment has given him radionecrosis, where healthy cells in his brain and spinal cord have been damaged.
Mr Hall, a PE teacher at Abingdon School, said: “Skye is clearly our primary focus, but what is also of importance to us is that other children who are afflicted by this horrible disease have access to treatment which is less cruel and less debilitating in nature.
“It is brutal and barbaric. We say that, because his disease is stable, but it is the side effects of the treatment which are killing him.
“We want to accelerate the good work being done in research centres around the UK and prevent more children from dying as a result of the toxic treatment.”
- For information or to help visit blueskyethinking.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- To learn more about Loom to the Moon, like the Facebook page at facebook.com/loomtothemoon
- You can post completed loom bands to Blue Skye Thinking, 59 Hendred Way, Abingdon, OX14 2AW
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