A 4-year-old boy named Henry Hallam in the UK is fighting cancer, but he got a well deserved thrill after receiving more than 700 birthday cards for his big day in late August. It may take a village to raise a child but it takes even more to raise the spirits of a child with cancer. That’s why, SWNS.com reports, Henry's mother urged others to send Henry a card and, in doing so, hopefully set a world record.
Henry has an uphill battle ahead of him, as he suffers from Neuroblastoma, which is described as “an aggressive childhood cancer" that leaves the patient's body full of tumors. Henry only has a five percent chance of survival if he stays in the UK.
Hugs for Henry is the foundation the boy's parents, Elsbeth and Mike, set up in order to raise the half a million pounds it would take for him to go to the U.S. for a T-Cell transplant and antibody treatment. It is also how the couple spread the word about the birthday cards. Currently, Hugs for Henry has raised just under £100,000 (roughly $157,000). In the meantime, the couple is waiting to find out if the current treatment has rid Henry’s body of cancer. Even if it has, however, there is a high chance it will return.
Cards sending well wishes to the boy came from as far as Dubai, Finland, Hong Kong, New Zealand, and Australia. Thankfully, the cards were a bright spot in Henry’s day. To boot, the folks at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children allowed him to go home briefly so that he could attend a party with more than 100 friends and relatives. It took the family two days to open the cards, and they’re still coming! While there is no current mark for the number of birthday cards received in the Guinness World Records, the couple has written to them to see if they can add it as a new category.
Elsbeth, an ER nurse, said, “Me and Mike have been so touched and overwhelmed by the support we have received from across the country and world.”
Mike, an electrical engineer, added, “It's quite unbelievable to see all these cards. It’s a great feeling to see Henry literally surrounded by cards with supportive messages.”
It’s so nice to know that the cards brightened his life, if only for a little while, as Henry’s mother describes the clinical trials he’s been through as “hideous. there really is no other word to describe it.”
While the Neuroblastoma numbers are fairly low, with just under 100 children a year in Britain being afflicted, it accounts for a disproportionate number of deaths (15 percent in kids).
If you’d like to help contribute to Hugs for Henry, visit www.hugsforhenry.co.uk/donate