Fund-raising for wee Oscar

Little Oscar is pictured with his mum Leona last August prior to his diagnosis.

A CASTLEDERG lady is throwing her weight behind the Oscar Knox Appeal.

Nicky McHugh, who is related to the Knox family (she’s Oscar’s mum Leona’s cousin), says she’s determined to do all she can to contribute to the £250,000 required to send Oscar to America for therapy.


Oscar, who has neuroblastoma (the most common extracranial solid cancer in childhood and the most common cancer in infancy) is said to be responding well to radiation and chemotherapy.

The treatment in the US is immunotherapy treatment which should take place two or three months down the line. This treatment is currently not available in the UK.

“This is basically a big fund-raising drive to we can get him over to America for the immunity treatment,” Nicky said this week.

“We’re not doing too badly so far. We raised £700 at the Nathan Carter concert in Castlederg last Sunday night, so we’ve started well.

“I’m also organising a grand draw with some great prizes and then there’ll be another big night in Castlederg around the start of September – the final details for which I’m yet to sort out.”

Some of the prizes for the big draw include a framed and signed Tyrone jersey, a signed Northern Ireland jersey, two sets of Nathan Carter tickets and a Sunday lunch voucher.

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