Flynn, from Wigston Leicestershire, had just turned seven months old when his family received a devastating diagnosis. 

 

Katie, Flynn’s mum, describes him as their ‘happy little sausage’—a curious, loud boy with a cheeky laugh and a big love for food.

At three months old, they noticed a weakness in Flynn’s left eye, initially assuming it was a developmental issue. By the four month mark, they sought medical advice, but each month brought no improvement, leading to a referral for further tests. Flynn was eventually diagnosed with Bilateral Retinoblastoma, a type of eye cancer. 

I had a mix of emotions’; relief that we finally had an answer, but then devastation. My little happy boy had cancer, and I couldn’t protect him from it.

Flynn immediately began chemotherapy, and the family’s life changed drastically. They faced isolation to protect Flynn from infections, missing out on social interactions and important family moments. Flynn’s parents struggled with the new daily care routines and frequent hospital stays. They took shifts during hospital visits, which made them feel as if they were living separate lives. Family stepped up to be supportive, but the news hit them hard too. 

Flynn’s older cousins understood and were a little scared and unsure around him at first. They were upset about the line, the hair loss, and how long it would take for him to get better.

PASIC were suggested early on, offering vital support. Initially hesitant to accept financial aid, Katie and Rich soon realised the true cost of cancer. PASIC provided supermarket vouchers and financial grants, easing the burden during a challenging time.

Katie and Rich encourage other families in similar situations to accept help without guilt. They emphasise the importance of cherishing good days amidst the challenges of cancer.

PASIC has given memorable experiences for Flynn and his family—trips on Santa trains, Halloween trails, and the Spring Party where Flynn didn’t want to leave the dance floor! These outings provided a much-needed break from treatment and hospital stays. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cancer takes its toll in many ways, those little escapes are gold dust!

Flynn, despite all he’s been through, remains a happy little thing, resilient, a fighter who always has a smile to spare.