A SCARBOROUGH man is hoping to help support youngsters with childhood cancers following the death of his beloved great niece.
John Bradley, of Hungate, Brompton-by-Sawdon, was devastated when he got the news that little Madison, seven, had died on Boxing Day.
Madison, who lived in Blackburn with her mum Samantha, dad Mark and sister Scarlett, had been battling neuroblastoma – a “spaghetti-like” tumour – since she was 10 months old.
Following treatment in this country, Madison also underwent trial chemotherapy treatment in Germany, at a cost of hundreds of thousands of pounds.
Mr Bradley, who is chairman of the Friends of Raincliffe Woods, said more needs to be done to help poorly children in this country without them having to go abroad.
He said: “So many youngsters are forced to go abroad for treatment and I believe more should be done for them here.
“The Government is playing Russian roulette with children’s lives by not making more up-to-date treatment and medication available.
“How can they consider spending £33 billion on a new rail link when people are having to go abroad for life-saving treatment?”
The family has tirelessly raised funds and awareness during Madison’s illness and are now hoping that their petition will gain 100,000 signatures, in order for it to be taken on by Parliament.
The petition, which asks for more funding and research into childhood cancers, has already attracted strong support in Madison’s home town.
Mr Bradley is now hoping the people of Scarborough will show their support by signing the petition and by encouraging friends, family and colleagues to do the same. Copies are available to sign at Photo Studio in Aberdeen Walk, the Community Environment office in Market Vaults and Sipping Happily cafe in Eastborough.
If you would like to have a copy of the petition in your workplace please email John at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him on (01723) 859124.
Mr Bradley will join thousands of other “Right for Life” campaigners who are marching on Downing Street on March 11 to ask for more to be done. To find out more about supporting the campaign, or to make a donation, go to www.themadisonallanappeal.org.uk