A U.S. hospital has told Charlie Fearns’ parents someone has offered to foot the huge bill for his treatment leaving them ‘completely overwhelmed’
In a seemingly random act of kindness The Seattle Children’s Hospital informed Charlie Fearns’ parents, Sophie and Rob, that the treatment Charlie needs will be paid for in full after the anonymous gift to the 11-year-old.
In a video posted to the Charlie’s Chance Facebook page, Sophie said: “We received an email asking us if we would accept a gift off an anonymous donor who wants to pay for the full amount of Charlie’s treatment.
“We are completely overwhelmed because this is not something we thought anyone would be able to do.
“Wherever you are, from the bottom of our hearts, it means and incredible amount.“
Last year, well-wishers donated over £150,000 to send Charlie, of Litherland, to the States for pioneering Car T-cell therapy after he was diagnosed with the condition for a third time, the Liverpool Echo reports.
But his parents Sophie and Rob have now learned that the treatment, which uses a patient’s own immune system to attack the cancer, has failed.
A second attempt, which needs to start within two months, will cost another $187,000 (£150,000).
Charlie’s dad Rob said: “The anonymous donor requested to be able to donate directly to Charlie which is bizarre. We thought we were going to have to fight to the nail to raise the money.
Liverpool FC legend Steven Gerrard was among the kindhearted Scousers who supported Charlie last year, making a donation of £25,000.
Charlie’s family and friends have managed to raise £1,500 in just a few days for the new appeal and are setting up a new online fundraising page.
Mum Sophie raised £200 through a car boot sale on Sunday and supporters are planning a skydive in Blackpool on March 10.
Rob said: “We had been taking on the role of helping other families through Charlie’s Chance but now we are in this position we need to concentrate on Charlie.”
“The support from everyone has been incredible – that’s never been in doubt from day one – and we want to thank them for it.”
Updates on Charlie’s Chance and fundraising events can be found on the Facebook page here or @Charlieschance on Twitter.
A new fundraising page is in the process of being set up, but donations can be made through the first Charlie’s Chance appeal page here .