£250,000 target for little Oscar Knox achieved
The parents of a brave little boy with a rare form of cancer have thanked the public for raising £250,000 for his specialist treatment abroad in just 102 days.
Four-year-old Oscar Knox suffers from neuroblastoma and has captured hearts with his cheeky personality and witty messages posted on social networking service Twitter.
‘Wee Oscar’, from Glengormley, Co Antrim, was diagnosed with the high-risk and aggressive cancer, which affects one in every 100,000 children, on November 30 last year.
Oscar hit the headlines when his parents posted a photograph of him clutching a homemade Irish tricolour with the words: ‘My ma thinks I'll be in bed early’ ahead of Ireland's soccer clash with Spain in Euro 2012.
The joke was in response to the famous ‘Angela Merkel thinks we're at work' flag Irish fans made, which proved a global hit online.
Oscar's parents, Stephen and Leona, with the help of high profile campaigners yesterday reached their £250,000 target for the specialist treatment he needs — which is not available in the UK.
Among those who helped were Olympic boxer Paddy Barnes, Celtic striker Kris Commons, Ulster Rugby players and Antrim and Tyrone GAA players.
The Knox family announced on Twitter that a weekend abseil down Belfast’s Europa Hotel had pushed them over the quarter million pound mark.