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New fundraiser for charity that helped Walter
11:10am Monday 7th October 2013 in News
THE grandmother of a little boy who has battled cancer in both his eyes is supporting a fundraising event at a York opticians.
Staff at the York branch of Vision Express will hold an 80s event, selling books and raffle tickets, on Saturday (October 12) in support of the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust.
The event will be supported by Gill Crook, from Copmanthorpe, whose 18-month-old grandson Walter has been diagnosed with retinoblastoma.
Staff are urging local residents to get involved by donating books to sell and buying raffle tickets.
Walter Rappe-White was only six months old when doctors found tumours in both his eyes and diagnosed him with retinoblastoma, which affects one in 20,000 children.
His condition may have gone undetected had the family been in England, meaning he could have gone blind. But because he and his parents have been living in Sweden, Walter underwent a routine test that is not performed in this country.
Walter has endured six rounds of chemotherapy and many general anaesthetics in the fight to save his vision and the tumours have now been removed.