Mister Maker makes Harvey’s day
Five year old Harvey was diagnosed with cancer in July 2011. During hospital visits, he was kept occupied with the CBeebies magazine, which featured arts and crafts from children’s character Mister Maker. So when we asked Harvey what his special wish would be he, guess who he chose to meet?
Make-A-Wish arranged for Harvey, who is from Bracknell, to attend the LolliBop Festival in Regent’s Park, where he was able to watch Mister Maker’s performance before heading backstage for a very special tea party. Harvey’s favourite Mister Maker craft is sock puppets – so he was thrilled when he was given a goody bag which included the materials to make some of his own!
Harvey was diagnosed with Clear-cell Sarcoma in July last year – on the same day that his younger sister was born. Harvey’s Mum, Emma, had noticed blood in his urine so took him to the doctor, who suspected he had an infection. On the day Emma went into labour, Harvey’s Auntie took him back to the doctor who sent him to hospital after finding a lump – a blood test revealed he had cancer. Harvey started chemotherapy, then in October last year he underwent surgery to remove the tumour and his kidney. He then endured further bouts of chemotherapy, blood transfusions and radiotherapy. Harvey has now finished his treatment but has lots of follow-up scans in the coming weeks.
Harvey’s illness has had a profound effect on the family and juggling taking Harvey to hospital as well as looking after the other children has been tough. Harvey’s brothers, Tyreese, 11, and Lennox, eight, have also found the past year very difficult and at times felt left out. Emma said: