A devoted Colne brother whose sibling was diagnosed with a rare form of children’s cancer is raising money for a little girl going through the same heartrending journey years on.
Father-of-three Craige Thompson (25) is hosting “Dance 4 Ruby” at the Union Exchange, in Market Street, from 10pm to 4am on Saturday, March 14th.
His aim is to raise as much money as possible for the Neuroblastoma Children’s Cancer Alliance (NCCA), after hearing the story of Ruby Young, from Rainham, who was diagnosed with stage four, high risk neuroblastoma shortly after her second birthday. Her family are raising money for NCCA to help Ruby, and other children like her, should she need to follow an expensive treatment path.
Craige’s mum Annette had been following Ruby’s story on the “Help Ruby Laura Smash Cancer” Facebook page, and having told her son about the site, he decided he wanted to do something to help.
It is a cause particularly close to the family’s heart since Annette’s firstborn son Paul (28) had been given the same diagnosis when he was two years old.
He hadn’t started walking and had been showing symptoms including weight loss and nausea and after various trips to the doctors, and a number of scans, x-rays and tests, he and his family were given the devastating news.
For years the hospital was to become their second home, and until Paul went into remission at five years old Annette remembers just how important every gesture of support was to her.
Talking about the upcoming fund-raiser, the 46-year-old, of Hall Street, said: “I am really proud of Craige. He just decided to help and Paul is over the moon with him and supporting it as best he can. It has brought it all back, as I know what the family are going through.
“We are just wanting to push it and promote it, because every bit helps. Paul was one of the lucky ones,”
As part of the fund-raising drive, Annette is also hoping awareness will be raised, and she urges any parent noticing unfamiliar symptoms in their child to immediately seek advice.
“Dance 4 Ruby” will see a number of DJs giving up an hour of their time for free, playing a selection of electro, house, trance, EDM, melbourne and jackin house music.
Tickets are priced at £3 or £4 on the door and can be purchased from the Union Exchange or from Craige.
Craige can be found on Facebook under the name “Craige Djcraigt Thompson”.
Annette is organising a raffle for the event. To donate a prize you can message her on Facebook.
For more on little Ruby visit www.justgiving.com/RubyYoungJourney