We imagine you may have heard about Mighty Magnus’ battle with Neuroblastoma.  He was diagnosed with this high-risk childhood cancer age 5 in December 2017 and has spent the last year receiving intense treatment in Nottingham.  Even after 18 months of treatment including prolonged chemotherapy, extensive surgery, radiotherapy and immunotherapy the wee warrior is at high risk of relapse.

The end of 2018 saw the Mighty Magnus’ Medicine fundraising team pulling off the ball of the season and raising an amazing £17,000 for the fund in one evening. Much fun was had at the hugely successful evening at the Ritz Ballrooms in Desborough, with great music from Grand Quattro, a luxury raffle, an amazing auction event and even a diamond from Steffans, won through a heads or tails competition. Many people gave their time and services for free in making this evening the success it was, and we’ve been so lucky to have continued support from the District 1070 E-Rotary Club. This event was such a success and so much fun that it is already planned again for this coming year on the 16th November 2019, keep the date free and book your tickets on Mighty Magnus’ Medicine Facebook Page.

The generosity and kindness that continues to be shown to this little boy is just astounding and has taken the fundraising total to over £80,000.  From individual donations and offers of help to music concerts it seems that his plight really has been taken to people’s hearts.  Recent initiatives in Brixworth have included the local calendar and this year’s Panto.  He’s also been lucky enough to catch the attention of some celebs and was recently supported by Ruth Jones and had a shout out from X-Factor competitors.

The MMM Fundraising Army have plans underway for further fundraising events this year.  These include a further race night, a family disco and a Viking Berserker fitness challenge which concludes in May – if you are reading this after it has started don’t worry, you can join in at any time!  Please keep an eye on the Mighty Magnus’ Medicine Facebook page for further information on events.

Brixworth CEVC Primary School also continues to support the fundraising efforts and recently held a sponsored bounce for him at the end of January which raised £3,000!. They continue to support and encourage Magnus and recently organised a robot to be a direct connection to his classroom when he can’t be there. Magnus can only manage limited time in the classroom thus the device will be an amazing bridge to all that he is missing.

Magnus’ immunotherapy treatment initially didn’t go as smoothly as hoped, and he had a couple of prolonged hospital stays. He has also had further surgery to assist his nutritional intake and had a device fitted to allow him to be fed straight into his bowel. Fortunately, his health is now slowly improving and he had a lovely few days away at the end of 2018.

Magnus will finish his frontline treatment in May of this year and following this, the family plan to travel to the USA to enrol Magnus in a medical trial. The funds that are being raised are to pay for this additional treatment, which is aimed at preventing relapse, a very real risk for Magnus. These trials are showing some preliminary promising results but much more research and funding is required to improve the treatments for this rare, but devastating childhood illness.

Magnus’ family would once again like to thank everyone in the local community and beyond who have displayed such support over the past year and would like to encourage everyone to continue to do so. Magnus’ stoicism and resolve in enduring his illness and treatment and the kindness and generosity of so many individuals helps their ongoing resolve to support Magnus to overcome this dreadful illness. Thank you all.

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Forthcoming Events:

5th April 7:30pm – Race Night at Brixworth Village Hall. Tickets £5 and available at Brixworth Home and Hardware Stores or by contacting Mighty Magnus admin@mightymagnusmedicine.co.uk and Eventbrite.

20th April 11am-3pm – Children’s Easter Egg Hunt, hosted by University of Northampton at Grosvenor Centre, Northampton.  Fun egg hunts and Easter crafts/games.

16th November 7pm – 1am – Charity Ball.  Gala 3 course dinner with dancing, auction and raffle.  Venue – Banqueting and Conference Suites at the Kettering Ritz, Desborough.  Tickets via Mighty Magnus’ Medicine Facebook page