Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Everything Is in God's Hands Now, We Pray for a Miracle. Heartbreak as Frankie's Family Tell How Cancer Has Spread

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Everything Is in God's Hands Now, We Pray for a Miracle. Heartbreak as Frankie's Family Tell How Cancer Has Spread

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Byline: LISA HUTCHINSON Reporter lisa.hutchinson@ncjmedia.co.uk @lisachron

TIME may tragically be running out for Frankie Sherwood, the little lad whose cancer battle won the hearts of the North East.

The region raised hundreds of thousands of pounds to get him pioneering treatment in America.

But before he met his PS550,000 target, the four-year-old's family have been given the heartbreaking news the cancer he has been fighting is growing on his brain.

Now, Frankie's parents have taken the devastating decision to stop fundraising for the trip.

Mum Hayley Laidler has been keeping supporters on Facebook updated after setting up the Help Save Frankie Sherwood page.

And she has posted the tearful message saying "there is nothing in this world that can make this better" after tests have revealed growths.

She posted: "This is so heartbreaking for me to write but we got absolutely awful news yesterday and Frankie's biopsy came back and Frankie's brain is covered in neuroblastoma.

"This isn't growing quick but we don't know how long before it does...if it starts and grows quicker we then have the option of radiotherapy to slow it down...we are now stopping fundraising as there is nothing in this world that can make this better.. everything is in God's hands now and we just hope for a miracle."

It has been a traumatic few years for the youngster, of Dudley, North Tyneside, who is continuing his battle with the deadly childhood cancer neuroblastoma which has left him spending most of his life in and out of hospital.

But at Christmas Frankie went on a trip to Lapland to meet Santa and Hayley, 33, and dad John Sherwood, said: "Our little boy is looking so well at the minute and doing great.

"We just keep praying he keeps fighting this awful disease and keeps being strong and keeps going.

"He amazes us everyday with the strength he has."

Since he was 18-months, Newcastle United fan Frankie has been fighting the aggressive form of childhood cancer, undergoing long bouts of painful chemotherapy treatment.

The family's nightmare journey began on Monday, May 25, 2015 when, following a visit to Whitehouse Farm in Morpeth, Hayley noticed a slight swelling in her son's stomach. …

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