Singing star James Morrison to launch link-up of Lewis Mighty fund and hospital where Derby boy was treated
SUPERSTAR singer James Morrison will be performing to children suffering from cancer at Nottingham's Queen's Medical Centre today in an event to mark the start of a new partnership for the Lewis Mighty Fund.
Lewis, of Mackworth, died at the age of seven after bravely fighting the cancer neuroblastoma and friends, family and supporters raised nearly £250,000 intending to send Lewis for potentially life-saving surgery.
But Lewis became too ill to make the trip to the USA where the surgery was to take place. Now money saved in the Lewis Mighty Fund will be used to benefit children with cancer being treated at Nottingham Children's Hospital, which Lewis attended.
Lewis's mum Jaime Mighty, said: "It's fantastic to have James' support and we're looking forward to him helping us mark the joining of Lewis's fund with Nottingham Hospitals Charity.
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"It will be hard to go back on to the children's cancer ward where Lewis was treated. But I'm glad we're able to do something to help other children and families who are in the same situation as we were, all in Lewis's memory."
International star James Morrison, who began his career in Derby, followed Lewis's story and supported the youngster, allowing his music to be used in a video to highlight Lewis's condition.
After performing at the opening of the new partnership between the fund and Nottingham Hospitals Charity at today's private event he will be meeting children and parents on the ward Lewis was on.
Barbara Cathcart, chief executive of Nottingham Hospitals Charity, said: "We'd like to extend our sincere thanks to Jaime and Perry Mighty, Lewis' parents, and everyone who has supported Lewis and his memory.
"The support shown has been incredible, and Lewis' family are truly inspirational, helping his legacy live on and benefit other children like him.
"We've all followed Lewis's story so far and the story is by no means over yet. We'll be doing a lot of fund-raising for the Lewis Mighty Fund over the coming months and years, to support other children and families affected by cancer.
Professor David Walker, paediatric oncology consultant at Nottingham Children's Hospital, who was part of the team that treated Lewis during his time in hospital, said: "Lewis was a very special and strong little boy and it's fitting that the fund set up in his name should continue to help other young patients.
"Nottingham Children's Hospital already has a national reputation for the way it cares for children with cancer. The money raised through the Lewis Mighty Fund will serve to further enhance this reputation and the service we're able to offer to our patients."
To find out more about the Lewis Mighty Fund and Nottingham Hospitals Charity or to make a donation, go to www.nottinghamhospitalscharity.org.uk or call on 0115 962 7905.