A family fun day in aid of a baby boy battling a rare cancer is taking place to help boost awareness of his plight.
Little Roman Hansen was diagnosed with pleuropulmonary blastoma when he was only a few weeks old.
Nicknamed ‘Smiley Pants’ by medics, he is currently undergoing chemotherapy at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary as he fights to rid his tiny body of the disease.
The cancer, which affects his lungs, is so rare only 88 other people have been diagnosed in the world.
In a bid to raise awareness of the disease and funds to help support his heartbroken parents Amanda, 31 and Stephen, 34, as they keep a bedside vigil next to their son, family friend Kelly Anderson, has launched Roman’s Army.
Tomorrow, the group will be hosting a family fun day, at Bilton Hall in Taunton Avenue, Low Simonside, South Shields, to raise awareness of baby Roman’s fight. The gates open at 11am until 3pm.
The main aim of the day is to have as many people as possible to turn out to show his family how much support they haveKelly Anderson
Kelly said: “Yes, we would like to raise a bit of money to help Roman’s family, but the main aim of the day is to have as many people as possible to turn out to show his family how much support they have.
“There will be lots of free activities for people to take part in - we just want people to come along and enjoy the day and help raise awareness of the cancer Roman is fighting.
“I am hoping for a big turnout as it would be nice for the family and the kids to see they do have people behind them.”
Throughout the day there will be raffles, a car boot, bouncy castles, face painter, pearl opening, sports activities, personalised gift stall and giant land snails.
Roman’s cancer was discovered after Roman had to undergo an operation at just 12 weeks old to remove 15% of one of his lungs.
It was after surgery when part of the lung was tested in a bid to try and find out what was wrong that the cancer was found. Roman, is currently being looked after by a team of medics at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary, supported, due to the rarity of the cancer, by doctors in Minnesota, America.
For information on upcoming events in aid of Roman, visit Roman’s Army on Facebook.
A justgiving page has been set up to support the family as Roman battles cancer to help with hospital car parking charges and bills.