Brave youngster from Saffron Walden marks his treatment milestone with a worldwide celebration

PUBLISHED: 09:01 12 September 2018

Max Rowlandson with all the cards he has received from around the world. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Max Rowlandson with all the cards he has received from around the world. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

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A 10-year-old boy from Saffron Walden who was diagnosed with leukaemia when he was two has celebrated five years since the end of his treatment by asking for postcards of well wishes from around the world.

Since Max Rowlandson’s diagnosis with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in June 2010, his family set up Team Max, raising money for children like Max and to date, they have raised £127,000 for various charities.

When Max was two, he underwent more than three years of chemotherapy at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, in Cambridge.

Last month, he celebrated five years since the end of his treatment and asked supporters from around the world to send postcards with well wishes. He received postcards from Sri Lanka to Saffron Walden, Cornwall to Canada, Thaxted to Korea, and Norfolk to Bermuda.

Max continues to receive cards daily and his mum, Jodie, says he loves reading all the messages and marks where the card is from on a world map.

He loves tackling challenges to help children like himself and he and a team of runners undertook the Rickling and Quendon RunFest in June, with the team raising £2,321.

Susie Diggons, Saffron Walden’s Tesco community champion, also presented Max and his mum with a cheque for £3,000 last week to support the children’s cancer ward at Addenbrooke’s.

The money will be spent on an interactive bubble screen to help keep the children entertained and distracted whilst receiving chemotherapy.

Jodie Rowlandson said: “Team Max is delighted that this grant will enable us to put bubble screens into more of the consulting rooms on the paediatric day unit at Addenbrooke’s.

“Team Max enabled the first of these screens to be installed and it has been so well received by families on the unit and we are so pleased that this grant will mean that more can be purchased.”

Max is also taking on the Trek for Toms Trust on Sunday, September 23. The trek will set off from Audley End Miniature Railway with a 10km circular walk through the Essex countryside. The walk will see more children celebrating their five year milestone just like Max.

Register for the walk at www.tomstrust.org.uk/all-events.

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