COMPASSIONATE nine-year old Bromsgrove twins from Bromsgrove have pledged to raise money to help their eight-year-old friend who has been diagnosed with a rare form of bone marrow cancer.
Ethan and Harvey, who both attend Sidemoor First School, came home one day after hearing about Macmillan Cancer Support’s Brave the Shave campaign.
She said they would like to do something like this, but for their friend Cohen who lives in America.
Mum Sarah Butt told the Standard: “I know Cohen’s mum Shelby because we worked together for an Audi dealership in Birmingham 15 years ago. She went back to America and we stayed in touch.”
Sarah said Cohen was diagnosed with Severe Aplastic Anaemia – a rare type of blood cancer – when he was just five years old and went into remission.
She said everything had been fine over the last three years until Shelby noticed Cohen had been under the weather.
After taking him for tests, Shelby was told Cohen had had a relapse and would need to have a bone marrow transplant which would mean moving from Oregon to Seattle where the treatment would take place.
Sarah said the family had medical insurance but it did not cover the entire treatment, which will include radiotherapy and chemotherapy to kill off the damaged bone marrow.
She said the money raised would also help cover the cost of relocation and to help the family survive because both parents would need to take at least three months off work to look after Cohen.
Cohen’s family had already raised $3,000 (about £2,273) to help towards the expenses, while Ethan and Harvey have exceeded their £200 target by raising £465.
Sarah said a complete match for the bone marrow transplant had not been found but doctors were hoping for the best with the partial match they hade found.
The two families on opposite sides of the Atlantic have shared photographs and news with each other on social media. Sarah said Shelby was very proud of the boys for what they had done.
“The boys have never met Cohen, but they are looking forward to meeting him.
“Cohen’s dream is to come to England when he’s better and despite his condition, he’s a very positive little boy who never stops smiling.”
She added: “Someone recently laughed at the boys when they had their heads shaved so I had t-shirts made up at Focal Image, a local print shop, which say ‘I’ve shaved my head for charity’ – the shop refused to take any money from me because they thought it was such a lovely idea.”
Visit: crowdfunding.justgiving.com/Ethanandharveybravetheshave to donate and help the twins raise more funds for Cohen.