North East duo to #FillTheRinkForFrankie

Two North East clubs will join forces this weekend to raise money for a local three-year-old boy in need of expensive life-saving treatment.

Whitley Warriors host local rivals Billingham Stars in an NIHL North derby game on Sunday (face-off 5.00pm) with both clubs asking everyone to dig deep to help Frankie Sherwood.

In May 2015 Frankie was diagnosed with stage four high risk neuroblastoma, an aggressive childhood cancer.

Fewer than 100 children in the UK are diagnosed each year with neuroblastoma – a cancer of specialised nerve cells called neural crest cells.

These cells are involved in the development of the nervous system and other tissues.

Most children who get this cancer are under five-years-old. Even if a child is subsequently clear of the cancer, there is an 80% chance of relapse, with a 50% survival rate.

After enduring weeks of chemotherapy and radiotherapy, Frankie had ten days of treatment left when he relapsed.

His family are trying to raise £550,000 to take him to the USA for antibody treatment.

There’ll be a bucket collection at the game, while it’s hoped Frankie will be there to perform a ceremonial puck drop, although this will depend on his health.

To find out more about the #HelpSaveFrankie campaign please click here.

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