The family of a schoolboy who is winning his cancer battle is backing an awareness campaign launched by the charity which helped them.
Six-year-old Harrison Cochrane was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma last December.
The news devastated his parents Claire and Pete and the couple from River Drive, South Shields, were soon caught up in the whirlwind of medical appointments and meetings with doctors.
Mrs Cochrane said: “When Harrison was diagnosed, we saw no one but doctors, who were very professional, and family, who were in a kind of grieving mode.
“There was no inbetween. Then a CLIC Sargent worker came in to see us. At the time I just wanted to do things my way, but you soon realise how much you need them.
“They look at all the practical sides of things – things you don’t even think about.”
Without the support of CLIC Sargent I don’t know what we would have done.Claire Cochrane
Harrison had been ill for a year before he was finally diagnosed with cancer.
Harrison’s family are now calling on people across South Tyneside to get behind the charity’s fundraising and awareness drive as part of Children’s Cancer Awareness month.
“Even when you are told, you are still in denial,” said Claire. “You just keep hoping they have got it wrong but without the help and support from CLIC Sargent we don’t know what we would have done.
“If there is anything you need they are there for you. Unless you are in this situation you just don’t realise how important the charity is.
“We were lucky in that we didn’t need the financial help as much, but there are a lot of families who would really struggle if they didn’t have CLIC Sargent to help them.”
Harrison is continuing to battle cancer and is responding well to his treatment with some of his tumours now gone. However, he will continue to have regular checks and will remain on medication for the rest of his life.