Callum’s cancer battle

Clare Birch and son Callum who has Leukaemia who are raising money for CLIC Sargent
Clare Birch and son Callum who has Leukaemia who are raising money for CLIC Sargent
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A four-year-old boy’s ‘life-shattering’ battle with leukaemia has inspired a charity fundraising event to be held in Sheffield.

Little Callum Birch was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia earlier this year and subsequently had months of surgery and chemotherapy before battling his way into remission.

The good news has inspired a friend of Callum’s mum to organise a zumba fundraising event for children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent.

Clare Birch, aged 35, from Aylward Road, Arbourthorne, said: “It’s life-shattering. You don’t ever think it’s going to happen to your child at just four years old.

“Callum was very poorly in January, he kept having colds and generally not feeling well.

“In February his school called because he had fallen asleep. I took him to the doctor, who advised me to take him to hospital because his temperature was very high.

“Just as we were about to leave, they noticed he had marks on his arm and thought it could be meningitis.

“A test came back as acute myeloid leukaemia. That was on the Sunday. He was in surgery the day after and on chemotherapy by Tuesday.

“He has had eight lots of surgery, six months of chemotherapy, and he lost all his hair. He was really, really sick.

“He got upset when he lost his hair but he has dealt with it really well and taken it in his stride.”

Callum went into remission at the end of last month, prompting a fundraising event to be organised for him by Clare’s friend Kim Parkin, also from Arbourthorne.

Kim, aged 33, from Northern Avenue, said: “It’s to raise more awareness of what CLIC Sargent do. I got to know Clare and Callum through teaching Zumba. He’s such a sweet little boy. When he was diagnosed I wanted to do something to show them they weren’t alone.”

The event is on October 4 at Norfolk Primary School. Tickets, priced £5, are available by calling 07769 265 939.