Brave Harry Banks, 11, responding well to life-saving cancer treatment Sun readers helped fund


BRAVE Harry Banks gives Sun on Sunday readers the thumbs up after a positive reaction to life-saving cancer treatment which YOU helped fund.

The 11-year-old is battling a rare form of kids’ cancer for the second time in four years — and the drug trial in Spain was his last hope.

Harry has begun treatment in Barcelona, Spain

Thanks to a fantastic £850,000 raised with the help of our readers, Harry started his fightback on Wednesday in Barcelona.

Dad Russ, 61, said: “Harry has been through so much.

“This is a big step in his treatment journey.

“We are all relieved round one is over. He takes every hospital visit in his stride and although the battle for life is all too visible in the surgical scars all over his little body he continues to amaze us all with his attitude and fighting spirit.”

Harry, who has Stage 4 “high risk” central nervous system neuroblastoma, received the first full dose of omburtamab — given to him via a plastic device surgically placed under his scalp.


Amazingly, Harry was awake through much of the treatment.

Mum Nina, 41, from Woburn Sands, Bucks, said: “Although we could hardly breathe, our brave Harry remained calm.”

She said the team at Barcelona Medical Centre were “amazing” and added: “They talk us through what they are doing, or translate what they are saying, sometimes even with some humour to lighten the mood, which helps.

“We want to thank Sun on Sunday readers for helping to get Harry this far — you really have made a difference to Harry’s tomorrow.”

In January, when we first reported on the family’s campaign to raise £500,000 for Harry’s treatment, donations stood at £260,000.

The Sun on Sunday Says

BRAVE little Harry Banks is winning his cancer battle – thanks to YOU.

The defiant 11-year-old has come through his first round of treatment, which Sun on Sunday readers helped to fund.


He is not out of the woods yet but his smiling face is an inspiration. Give yourselves a pat on the back.

But within two weeks, with the help of our kind-hearted readers, funds swelled past the target to £600,000.

Celebrities including former England cricket captain Sir Alastair Cook helped spread the story, prompting hundreds of schools, choirs, sports and walking clubs to hold quiz nights and other events to boost the fund.

Harry will be monitored for three weeks before another round of treatment next month.

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Harry will be monitored for three weeks after treatment
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Harry’s mum thanked Sun on Sunday readers for their donations

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