Charlie Snell, now aged 17 was diagnosed with Congenital Neutropenia, aged two and has been receiving annual bone marrow biopsies and blood tests under the care of Professor Kinsey at Leeds Children’s Hospital ever since.
Charlie turns 18 in July and will be moving from Leeds Children’s Hospital, to The Queens Centre in Castle Hill, Hull. To mark the move from paediatric care to adult care, Charlie decided to arrange a skydive in aid of Candlelighters. He explained that he wanted to “mark his final paediatric appointment and thank the Candlelighters team for their support”.
Charlie has faced many battles throughout his journey with infections, where he has needed IV antibiotics and frequently suffered with huge mouth sores and ulcers, achy joints and tiredness. At age nine, he was prescribed with GCSF which he now injects himself with twice a week and these have kept him reasonably well and have reduced hospital admissions dramatically.
Rebecca Swithenbank, Community Fundraiser at Candlelighters said “We would like to say a massive thank you to Charlie for his super effort, raising in excess of £2000. The money he has raised will see that the other families we support recive the care and support they need throughout their cancer journey.”