Friends of cancer teen Fraser rally to the call

The mother of a Morpeth teenager who is battling cancer has called on residents to support an important charity.

Fraser Garland was diagnosed with leukaemia on September 16 and he is currently undergoing daily chemotherapy treatment at RVI in Newcastle.

When he stays in hospital, the 17-year-old has a bed in the Teenage Cancer Trust Unit at the Great North Children’s Hospital, which is part of the RVI.

All bedrooms are equipped with soft furnishings, bespoke furniture, a television, DVD players and gaming facilities and the unit includes a ‘penthouse’ recreational area.

Fraser’s classmates at King Edward VI School are raising funds and awareness of the charity with a fancy dress walk from Blyth to Tynemouth on Sunday, December 14.

Mum Lynda said: “After his GP did some blood tests, Fraser was referred to a specialist at the RVI to find out what was wrong with him.

“Although it can happen to anyone at any time, it was a huge shock when he was diagnosed with leukaemia.

“A week after preparing his body, which included installing a portacath into his chest, Fraser started his chemotherapy.

“Being in the Teenage Cancer Trust Unit has made a huge difference to his mental well-being. It has an open visiting policy, which means small groups of his friends can visit him at any time, and no medical procedures can happen in the lounge section.

“It becomes a haven for young cancer patients as they can hang out with friends, play games and listen to music from a jukebox.

“We’re grateful for all the messages of support we have received and those who donate their blood to help people they don’t know – Fraser has so far received about 20 units of blood and platelets.

“The Teenage Cancer Trust is this year’s chosen charity for KEVI’s Year 12s and I hope their fancy dress walk is well supported.”

For more information about the event and charity, visit www.justgiving.com/KEVIASC