Potters Bar family gear up for fun day in aid of cancer patient Ryan Cox
PUBLISHED: 07:00 05 April 2018 | UPDATED: 14:58 05 April 2018
The family of Ryan Cox are putting their all into an event this April to support his cancer treatment.
When Ryan was diagnosed with cancer in May 2017, he was recommended a form of immunotherapy that is not available on the NHS.
His family and friends launched a funding campaign that has already raised £22,000 out of a needed £100,000.
With Ryan currently in hospital after further complications, the family are in the process of organising a family fun day at Elm Court Youth and Community Centre on April 15.
The fun day will include face painting, pony rides, bouncy castles, as well as food stalls, barbecue and a chocolate fountain.
One of the highlights of the event is a silent auction with lots such as an Arsenal football boot signed by Aaron Ramsay, a boxing glove signed by Anthony Joshua, and limited edition Frozen dolls.
Herts and Essex Air Ambulance will be on show as well as performances from local dance schools.
Ryan’s partner Lauren Foy told this newspaper: “I’ve worked out a sunny day plan and a rainy day plan.
“Whether it’s rain or shine it’s still going to be happening!”
Lauren put out a call in January for help in making the fun day happen.
The response from people offering stalls and services was overwhelming.
An exhausted but grateful Lauren said: “I’ve had loads of people contacting me, so many people wanting to help.”
The current efforts are just the tip of the iceberg, as there is also a fundraising concert this Sunday at Borehamwood Football Club, including a comedy impressionist and tributes to Roy Orbison and Simply Red.
It’s a lot to take on, as Ryan is currently in hospital after a medical trial he joined resulted in complications.
He was rushed into A&E on March 24 with breathing issues and was in intensive care with septicaemia.
“You know what it’s like when you’re in hospital,” said Lauren. “He wants to come home and he misses the kids.”
Thankfully, he is due to come out of hospital on Tuesday when he and the hospital will discuss the next steps for treatment.
In the meantime, Ryan and Lauren’s fundraising will hopefully cover the costs that arise.
“It’s a safety net,” said Lauren.
The fun day takes place between 12-4pm on Sunday April 15 at Elm Court.
Entrance is £1.50 and free for children.
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