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Prayer plea as Charlie Craig continues 'fight of life'

By Claire Williamson

The family of a little boy undergoing the "fight of his life" following a bone marrow transplant have asked for continued prayers as he returns to hospital to continue his treatment.

Little Charlie Craig from Lisburn has been battling myeloid leukaemia since January 2013 – a disease especially rare in children.

The three-year-old was declared in remission after six months of treatment at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children.

After blood tests at the start of this year his parents were told his disease had returned.

He required a bone marrow transplant and in March nearly 1,700 people descended on two venues to help find a match for Charlie and many more like him.

A part-donor was found and on May 5, Charlie was admitted to hospital in Bristol for what his family were told would be the "fight of his life."

He was discharged in June as his bloods had recovered very well.

Charlie remains in the "recovery phase" and will be for the next six months to a year.

Writing on Charlie's Facebook Group Page, his family have asked for people to "maintain the prayer" as Charlie has returned to hospital for a top-up of stem cells.

"Charlie now has to return to Bristol Children's Hospital on Thursday for further infusion of donor stem cells."

They added: "This is going to be a long journey for Charlie, one which we are still in the midst of.

"It is ever so important to maintain the prayer.

"Thanks to all of you thus far for all your ongoing prayers which are sustaining this beautiful little boy."

In order to fundraise for bone marrow charities, Charlie's dad and a group of cyclists are taking part in a Cycling for Charlie event.

They will travel from Belmullet in Co Mayo to Howth in Co Dublin on August 19 until August 22 after a gruelling 280 miles.

If you have anything you would like to donate to help this group of cyclists contact them via www.facebook.com/cycling for.charlie

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