Sports stars support Team Oscar

By Gemma Burns

T he campaign to raise £250,000 for life saving treatment for a Glengormley tot stepped up a notch at the weekend when sports stars across Ireland supported the youngster.

The Tyrone GAA team, members of the Antrim GAA team, the boxer Ray Ginley and cage fighters in Dublin were all wearing their Team Oscar wristbands at different events at the weekend.

The campaign is raising money for Hightown toddler Oscar Knox who is battling a highly aggressive form of childhood cancer called neuroblastoma. His family need £250,000 to send him abroad for treatment.

Little Oscar’s campaign is being supported by Belfast Media Group and last week we reported how the three-year-old had been feeling poorly after chemotherapy. His dad Stephen said this week the brave little boy has been feeling much brighter and is recovering well from the treatment.

The Glengormly man said the family were delighted with the support from the sporting community at the weekend.

“Some of the Antrim players were wearing the Oscar wristbands as well as the Tyrone team too,” he said.

“Cage fighting promoter John Ferguson supported us by selling the wrist bands at the weekend and also had the Angela Merkel flag and were raising money by letting people have their pictures taken with it.

“The boxer Ray Ginley was also wearing a wristband. We are delighted with the support we are getting.”

Oscar is still in the children’s hospital after his chemotherapy, but Stephen said he is recovering from the treatment.

“Last week he wasn’t well at all and wasn’t eating or drinking. We just need to get him feeding again now but he is much better than he was and his bloods and everything are good this week.”

The family’s moving story on Oscar’s condition and his ongoing treatment is chronicled in a blog, oscarknox.blogspot.co.uk.

Donations to help him reach his goal can be made at www.justgiving.com/teams/ weeoscar or in person at the Belfast Media Group’s offices at Hannahstown Hill or on the Antrim Road.

 

The family can be contacted for fundraising ideas and details at teamoscar@hotmail.co.uk.

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