This is 4 year old Atticus Feduchin-Pate
Atticus is the son of dear personal friends of mine. On July 1st 2018 to our complete devastation Atticus was diagnosed with an incredibly rare and incurable brain tumor called DIPG (Diffuse intrinsic pontine gliomas). There is no cure or recoverable treatment for this disease and doctors have advised he has around 9 months to live. Atticus was a completely normal little boy, until one-day he started showing signs of slowing down and became clumsy. It was completely out of the blue, and can affect anyone.
Please see this link for more information on his condition - https://www.thebraintumourcharity.org/understanding-brain-tumours/types-brain-tumour-children/dipg-diffuse-intrinsic-pontine-glioma/
Atticus is an absolute treasure and delight to be with, he lights up the room with his smile, and I’m personally honoured to be friends with him, a passionate, happy, care free little boy who is always well mannered and polite. Atticus has had to endure procedures no child should have to go through, he’s shown incredible resilience and bravery and still manages to have a smile on his face.
Atticus is currently undergoing radiotherapy at UCLH to alleviate the pressure placed upon his brain by the tumor. This pressure affects his neurological functions such as walking, talking, speech and eating.
The doctors are hoping with the 6 week course of radiotherapy Atticus will regain 80-90% of his functions, and return to a degree of normality for a limited time. At some point in the future Atticus will require full time palliative care as the condition worsens, before this happens we would love to help him experience anything he wishes.
UCLH (University College Hospital London) have been outstanding with Atticus! A very big thank you to them.
Why this campaign?
As we have been made very aware, there is no cure for Atticus’s condition, there are only 20-30 children a year in the U.K who suffer from this disease and sadly ALL of them will lose the battle.
The ambition of this campaign is to achieve two objectives, firstly to provide some financial stability for Atticus, Blaize, Emily & Hemploe (Dad, Mum, & Sister) over the coming months. Any funds raised will be used to provide the best possible lifestyle and experiences for the remaining time Atticus has. This will include anything and everything Atticus wishes to do, whether that's to ride on a steam train (he loves trains) or goto Legoland, watch some monster trucks etc. The quality of this time sadly cost's money, we all wish it didn't. We all want this time to be special, full of fun times, happiness and to be remembered.
Secondly, is to raise much needed funds for the The Brain Tumor Charity not only awareness but crucial funds required to advance the study of this horrible disease. They do amazing work, please go and take a look at the work they do to aid children like Atticus and many others affected.
Any proceeds raised will be split equally 50-50 between Atticus & the Brain tumor charity.
Thank you for taking the time to read this. On behalf of Atticus, the Feduchin-Pate family & everyone who has been lucky enough to be a part of this wonderful little boys life.
I will update this campaign with Atticus’s progress and the adventures he is able to complete thanks to everyone's kindness.
To ALL of you who donate, you are true champions of humanity.
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