People of Stoke-on-Trent have made a heart-warming and lifesaving gesture, to help Alfie Grayson as he recovers from a rare cancer. According to Stoke Sentinel, in 2014, Alfie was diagnosed with autism and his parents faced an extremely tough road ahead as just two weeks after, they were told their little one was suffering from a Wilms’ tumour.
Since then, brave Alfie has undergone surgery to remove his kidney and, following one more session of chemotherapy, he will be well on his way to recovery. Relatives and friends of the family have also made the effort to raise as much as they can to build Alfie a sensory garden.
Simon Grayson, the father, spoke of the past year, saying “it was like being hit by a freight train when we were told. You just don’t expect anything like this. We were thinking ‘why him?’ ”
“We had an idea he may have been autistic beforehand, but then to get the cancer diagnosis while we were still coming to terms with that was like a double whammy. It certainly was a tough couple of weeks.”
“Alfie is doing unbelievably well and at times, you wouldn’t think there was anything wrong with him. He’s had his ups and downs, the chemo really knocks his immune system, but thankfully he hasn’t caught anything life-threatening.”
On top of raising money for the special garden, which will consist of a fun play house, artificial grass, a collection of soft play toys and a graffiti fence; a day out was also organised at Our Bar.
Louise, mother of Alfie, commented: “A huge number of people in Stoke-on-Trent and beyond have come forward to help Alfie. It has been very emotional but at the end of it Alfie will get a safe area to play and grow in.”
Finally, Craig Edwards, a friend of the family, put together a motorbike parade to join them to Market Drayton.
He said: “I’ve known Louise all my life, and after my brother and I started charity rides for children with cancer in 2013, I thought what better thing could I do for her and Alfie? He loved the ride. The turnout was amazing.”