Childhood cancer: ‘I think for most people it’s too sad to think about’

Dylan Mitchell and his mum Jessica
Dylan Mitchell and his mum Jessica

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month – and one mum, whose son is battling a brain tumour has claimed that children with cancer often get forgotten, and miss out on vital research money.

Dylan Mitchell, aged three, was diagnosed with a Grade 4 medulloblastoma last year.

He has already undergone gruelling radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatment, which will leave him with lifelong health problems.

And as Dylan prepares to embark on another course of chemotherapy, his mum Jessica claimed that more research and time needs to be invested into finding cures.

She said: “Before Dylan became ill I knew that children got cancer, but I didn’t spend a great deal of my life thinking about it. I think for most people it’s too sad to think about.

“Sadly I think this attitude extends to research too.

“If you look at a more common cancer such a leukaemia which affects adults too, a lot of research has been done and it’s a lot more survivable.

“The children that do survive will also go on to lead relatively healthy lives which is great.

“But this needs to be the case for all childood cancers.

“Dylan will say things to me like he wants to be a policeman when he grows up. What can I say to things like that?”

She added: “September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month and people can buy gold ribbons. But how many people know about it compared to the pink ribbon for breast cancer?”

Rebecca and her husband Ed also have sons Jake, aged five, and one-year-old Elliot.

Elliot had just been born when Dylan was diagnosed, and the first weeks of his life were spent in accomodation provided by John Radcliffe Hospital where his brother was being treated.

During Dylan’s fight the family and supporters have raised more than £15,000, which will go to fund research into childhood cancers.

Jessica and Ed believe that more research must be done, to help find less toxic treatments, that will not leave youngsters with further health fears when they beat the cancer.

Local firms including Doodle Caboodle, Tanswell Technology, Cafe In The Park Aston Clinton and Wendover Plastering have already signed up to support the ball, which will be held at Pitstone Pavillion on October 3.

Tickets for the fun event cost £50 and all funds raised will go to The Brain Tumour Charity.

To find out how to get your tickets and for more on the family, go to the Dylan’s Diary Facebook page.