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£7,562raised of £5,000 target by 279 supporters

    Weʼve raised £7,562 to support Flynn and his family through treatment for Orbital Rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare childhood cancer.

    Lincoln, UK
    Funded on Thursday, 11th April 2019

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    We are raising money for our beautiful 3 year old son Flynn, who has cancer.

    Flynn’s Story

    Flynn is a happy, energetic and intelligent little boy who loves his sister Casey, playing in the park and learning about dinosaurs.

    In December, staff at Flynn’s nursery noticed that he had a slightly drooping eyelid. On closer inspection, there was a mass growing from under his eyelid at an alarming rate. After 3 inconclusive visits to the GP, we were referred to the local hospital, where he underwent a biopsy 2 days after Christmas. The following day, we received a devastating phone call informing us that it was a malignant cancer.

    Subsequent tests revealed it was an aggressive type of cancer called a Rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS) in his right orbit. RMS is a rare condition that affects soft tissue such as muscle, affecting fewer than 60 children in the UK each year.


    Flynn has just completed an initial 7 weeks of chemotherapy at Nottingham Children’s Hospital until March, some of which is intensive and involves hospital stays. Though he has taken it in his stride and is trying to carry on in his usual energetic way, it is exhausting for him and makes him feel very ill. He has already endured sickness, hair loss, and hospital stays for blood transfusions and neutropenia.

    A large portion of the tumour was removed as part of his initial biopsy. However, due to the location of the tumour, surgery cannot be used to remove it completely.

    This means that he will continue to receive further rounds of chemotherapy. We have also been told by consultants that he requires Proton Beam Therapy, a type of radiotherapy that specifically targets the cancer but causes less damage to the surrounding tissue. It is particularly valuable for children, reducing the risk of serious permanent side effects from conventional radiotherapy.

    Raising Money

    We have been told by doctors that we need to travel to Florida in less than a month’s time and stay for up to two months while Flynn receives Proton Beam Therapy. The Proton Beam Therapy service is a nationally commissioned service funded by the NHS in England. Therefore, the NHS will fund treatment and all travel costs including flights and accommodation for Flynn and the two of us, for which we are incredibly grateful. However, all other costs will need to be paid by ourselves.

    We will need to find money to cover expenses to take Flynn’s one year old sister Casey with us - we need to keep our family together to look after each other. We also need to cover lost income and pay for living expenses while we are there and bills at home.

    Thank You

    Thank you for reading Flynn’s story and to everyone who has already sent kind messages and words of support. He is very special to many people and is dealing with everything so incredibly well. It’s a long road ahead but we are staying positive and giving Flynn all the love and support we can. Any help at all would be hugely appreciated and will reduce the stress we are already having to face on a daily basis.

    Any money raised that is not used will be donated to children’s cancer charities.

    Thanks in advance for your kindness, together we can give Flynn his future.



    • Zara Picken1 month ago
      Zara Picken

      Zara Picken

      1 month ago

      We're delighted to announce that we have some great news. Flynn had an MRI scan last week and the results we received this morning were all clear. He won't need any more treatment and can have his central line removed soon. Flynn is cancer-free as of today! We'd like to send another huge thank you to all who have helped us and wished us well along the way, we couldn't have done it without you. Flynn is now looking forward to celebrating and starting school in September.

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    • Zara Picken2 months ago
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      Zara Picken

      2 months ago

      Flynn had his final chemotherapy last week. He has taken it in his stride and is back to eating snacks. The end is now in sight! His consultant is very pleased with how Flynn has coped with treatment. He will have an MRI scan next month. We are hoping that Flynn will be able to ring the bell once his central line has been removed, marking the end of his treatment. Flynn has coped amazingly and has always said thank you to the staff who have helped him. We are very proud of him and fingers crossed for the all clear.

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    • Zara Picken3 months ago
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      Zara Picken

      3 months ago

      After nearly 8 weeks in Jacksonville, we finally flew back to the UK last week. Thanks for your continued support and kindness. We are beyond grateful for the opportunity to give Flynn the best treatment available but we are all very happy to be home! Flynn was also delighted to find a Star Awards trophy from Cancer Research Kids & Teens waiting for him on our return, recognising his courage after diagnosis. Flynn's treatment continues with three more sessions of chemotherapy, hopefully finishing in July.

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    • Anonymous


      Apr 9, 2019

      We saw your beautiful Freedom parakeet print at the transport museum this weekend. So sorry to hear of what your son and family are going through. Wishing you all the best for the treatment and trip.

    • Hayley Radford

      Hayley Radford

      Apr 8, 2019

      Hi Zara I came across your amazing Illustrations and then read all about Flynn. I know every little helps so am sending all my best from one mummy to another x

    • Clare


      Apr 1, 2019


    • Anonymous


      Mar 30, 2019

    • Anonymous


      Mar 30, 2019

      Thinking of you all, hope you have a good journey next week and that everything goes well for you why you're there with little Flynn.

    • Melanie Edwards

      Melanie Edwards

      Mar 27, 2019


    • Nicky Morris of Luxe Hairdressing

      Nicky Morris of Luxe Hairdressing

      Mar 27, 2019


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