Friends rally round to support Hatfield mum-of-one Lois, 19, who is battling rare cancer
PUBLISHED: 11:42 04 December 2018 | UPDATED: 12:01 04 December 2018
Friends are rallying round to support a young Hatfield mum who is battling a rare form of cancer.
Mum-of-one Lois Parker, who grew up in Hatfield, is bravely fighting Stage 4 neuroblastoma.
What makes her case even more unusual is that this rare cancer mostly affects babies and young children, whereas Lois is 19.
Friend of the family, Teresa Wallace, Teresa’s partner Wayne Johnson and other friends are hoping to raise money to support Lois through this difficult time.
They have organised a disco and raffle to take place at The Harrier pub in Bishops Rise, Hatfield, on Saturday, December 8.
Supporters are asked to make donations on the door with the event taking place from 8pm.
Teresa, who grew up knowing Lois’ parents, said; “Lois is such a bubbly girl and very brave with what’s going on.
“She’s been very positive about everything.
“Her little girl, who is nearly two, is a real cutie.
“We just want to help her out.”
Lois has been sharing her journey through Instagram to “hopefully help others with their battle with cancer”.
In a post, she writes: “A lot of people message me asking how I go out, how I’m strong.”
She continues: “All the side effects that are physically visible - hair loss, spots/rashes whatever it is, it is all temporary that’s all I need to remember.
“But I go out without my wig, with my crutch and even in a wheelchair because this is me.
“I am unwell but I will live my life. I’ll go to the shops.
“I take the sympathy smiles and the awkward comments from people you see!
“By not living your life you will get down and sad - you’re letting cancer win, and that’s not a option.
“Hold your head high and fight fight fight!”
The cancer Lois is fighting develops from specialised nerve cells left behind from a baby’s development in the womb.
It most commonly occurs in one of the adrenal glands situated above the kidneys, or in the nerve tissue.
It affects around 100 children each year in the UK and is most common in children under the age of five.
fundraising web page has also been set up for Lois, attracting more than £7,000.
To donate, visit https://uk.gofundme.com/support-for-lois-and-her-family
Speaking of all the fundraising, Lois told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “I cannot explain how amazing it is.
“Everyone has came together and supported me not only financially but mentally too.
“Obviously I didn’t expect a lot of costs that you occur when you get cancer, such as changes of tastes on a weekly basis and weight changes so your clothes no longer fit.
“It also means I’m able to do things with Lexi my daughter without the worry of money.
“It’s meant so much to me!
“You don’t realise how important little days out are and I definitely took advantage of them too.
“I plan to take Lexi to Disneyland Paris with the money raised just before I go in for my operation to remove my tumour as long as I’m well enough.
“If I’m not, it will be rescheduled for sure.
“Everything happens for a reason and I just need to continue to remember that.”