A Bridlington youngster will be spending Christmas in an isolation unit as his treatment plan for a rare cancer continues.
Ronnie Kemp-Duke, 4, had surgery at the end of November and had the tumour removed as well as his left kidney in a major operation which lasted 8 hours.
Ronnie was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma in August after his dad found a small lump under his ribs. After as series of tests he was taken to Leeds General Infirmary, where after a series CT and MRI scans, blood transfusions and other medical procedures he was diagnosed with the rare cancer.
Ronnie’s parents, Vicki Duke and Vaughne Kemp have again thanked everybody who has given support to the family over the past few months. The treatment expected to last at least another 16 months.
Said Dad Vaughne: “Ronnie spent a week in Leeds General Infirmary with mum and myself taking turns to be with him. He was remarkable yet again showing his ‘special powers’ he keeps telling everyone he’s got. He has been left with a substantial scar across his tummy which he’s taken in his stride .”
Ronnie was allowed home in early December for a few days and is due back into Leeds to start his next round of high intensity chemotherapy over Christmas.
“He will be in isolation throughout Christmas, unable to see his siblings or other family members – so we had a little early Christmas celebration for him at home before. Santa delivered Ronnie one of his main presents early for being such a brave little boy again. He also spent the night at his grandma and grandad’s with mummy and his brothers for a little Christmas celebration” added Vaughne.
He continued: “We would like to say a massive thank-you to all concerned who keep showing us all support and best wishes. The community spirit has been immense.”
If you would like to donate to the travelling fund for Ronnie’s family you can donate: www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/lucycrosbyforronnie.
There will be a Christmas Quiz along with a raffle/auction at the Lodge (1st floor of the Forum) on Thursday 20th December.
The evening commences from 8.pm. Please contact the Lodge Bridlington via its Facebook page.