The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity is urging people of all ages to unite on World Cancer Day to help build a future beyond cancer.
Brave Eric Wyrzycki (pictured with mum Natalia) is currently being treated at The Royal Marsden after being diagnosed with medulloblastoma – a type of brain tumour – in July 2016.
The 11-year-old has just finished his third cycle of chemotherapy and, together with mum Natalia, is calling on supporters to buy a Unity Band to raise funds for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.
“Being told that your child has cancer is not something you can ever imagine or put into words,” says Natalia, from Brighton. “He is coping really well and has been absolutely amazing throughout - he’s our superhero.”
Eric had two operations and spent a month in hospital before being transferred to The Royal Marsden’s Oak Centre for Children and Young People for radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatment.
The Centre is one of the largest comprehensive children and young people’s cancer centres in Europe, which sees almost 600 inpatients and more than 5,000 day patients every year. It was opened in 2011 by TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, thanks to funding from supporters of The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.
“The hardest thing was seeing Eric lose his long hair because it was a sign that he really did have cancer,” says Natalia. “The Royal Marsden has been fantastic and the doctors, nurses and staff are all great with the children.”
The Unity Bands are made of two parts, knotted together, to symbolise strength in unity and the power of what can be achieved when people join forces.
Every Royal Marsden Cancer Charity Unity Band purchased will support the pioneering work of The Royal Marsden; helping to fund the development of new treatments that save lives and provide the very best in diagnosis, treatment and care for our patients. The revolutionary way we treat people in our hospitals has far reaching impact, nationally and internationally.
You can buy your Royal Marsden Unity Band from our online shop, our Chelsea and Sutton hospitals, Goldsmiths stores and Banham showrooms for a suggested donation of £2. Wear it with pride as a symbol of support and unity for everyone affected by cancer and together we will get closer to a future beyond cancer.