More than 1,600 car owners have pledged to support an event this weekend to help the family of a little boy battling leukaemia raise money for charity.
Lucas Devaney (3), of Gosberton Risegate, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia – cancer of the white blood cells and bone marrow – back in March.
He is currently undergoing a gruelling round of treatment including chemotherapy and steroids, but mum Joanne (30) and dad Gareth (36) are hopeful the disease has been caught early and say he is responding well.
“Lucas is doing OK so far,” said Joanne, a sales consultant at Thomas Cook, in Spalding. “He’s got a lot to come in the next few weeks and the treatment is making him quite sick, but he’s being very brave.
“His last tests showed there are still cancer cells present, so he’s been put on an intensive programme for the next six months, which involves travelling to Addenbrooke’s twice a week.”
Lucas’ brother Ethan (5) sparked the idea for a fundraising campaign in aid of ward C2 at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, in Cambridge, where the tot is being treated, and the charity Children with Cancer UK.
We’re all there with the same aim – to help children with cancerJoint organiser Rebecca Smith
The family set a £10,000 target and has been overwhelmed by the generosity of their relations, friends and colleagues who have already helped raise more than £8,100 to say thank you to those looking after Lucas.
The next big fundraiser is Cruise for Cancer at the Fun Farm, High Road, Weston, from 4pm on Sunday.
So far more than 1,600 car owners have to pledged to support the event via a Facebook page, organised by family friends Rebecca Smith and Joe Hennessey.
She came up with the idea after being asked if she knew any classic car owners for another fundraiser, and after approaching some friends with modified cars quickly saw support for a cruise swell.
“I’ve never done anything like this before, but the response has been amazing,” said Rebecca.
“The Fun Farm has been absolutely fantastic, as well as allowing us to use the car park, they will also be opening the diner and burger bar too.
“The event is aimed at car enthusiasts – there will be no mucking about – but it’s open to everybody and anybody to attend.
“We’re all there with the same aim – to help children with cancer.”
Each car owner is being asked for a minimum £1 donation and a raffle will also be held.
If he is well enough on the day Joanne hopes Lucas, who she describes as ‘car-mad’, will be able to attend.
* Donations can be made online via the family’s Virgin Money fundraising page – Lucas Devaney’s Fundraising Page – search Gareth Devaney to locate it.
* To donate a raffle prize or find out more about the Car Cruise join its Facebook page Cruis For Cancer– A Day For Lucas.