How it all started
Finley, aged four was energetic, boisterous and everything a typical four year old should be. Never complaining of anything, it struck us as peculiar when one day he began complaining of his legs hurting and not wanting to walk let alone run anywhere. After a period of believing this was likely to be growing pains we took him to the local doctors for advice.
The doctors stated that he should have a blood test at the local hospital after the weekend however my wife took him the same day for one to be done. Once the bloods had been taken he was admitted to hospital with no explanation as to what was happening for a week before the decision was made to send him to hospital in Sutton for a sample of bone marrow to be taken on 2 September 2020. Sending him down to the operating theatre for him to be given anaesthetic was heart-breaking and it was at this point it hit me how serious this all was. Later driving home the news every parent ever fears was delivered via a telephone call which changed our lives forever. Finely was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. To this day my wife and I can both recall the feeling of helplessness, fear, anger, and the determination to beat it in one hit. Hearing our parents, family and friends all in tears at the news as well as trying to comfort each other was difficult to manage all whilst trying to be positive for Finley.