In October 2018, Paddy and Nathan completed the Welsh 3000 challenge – climbing 15 of Wales’ highest peaks in a weekend – to raise money for The Dear Toby Trust.
Nathan and Paddy both work in London but their friendship has grown through shared experiences.
Paddy’s own beautiful daughter Hazy was also treated at GOSH as she battled Juvenile Myelomonocytic Leukaemia (JMML) – another extraordinarily rare form of childhood cancer.
Hazy received two bone marrow transplants on Robin Ward in her own desperate struggle against cancer and is now recovering at home with her family and enjoying all that life has to offer.
Toby was treated on the same ward a few doors down from where Hazy had been just weeks before as doctors attempted to treat his relapsed AML with a bone marrow transplant. The treatment that both children had to endure was risky, extremely painful and carried severe side effects.
Despite only recently having helped their own child in an anxious life and death struggle with seemingly impossible odds, Hazy’s parents, Alice and Paddy, generously poured their love and support into Toby’s room. The momentum from their selfless acts of compassion helped Toby and his parents keep going.
Toby’s bone marrow transplant was technically a success, but the aggressive nature of the disease combined with the overwhelming impact of multiple rounds of toxic chemotherapy were too much even for him. He had “flabbergasted” his doctors with his resilience, but in the end modern medicine did not have the tools needed to help him survive.
No child should ever have to endure what Toby and Hazy have endured.
Nathan and Paddy, as trustees of The Dear Toby Trust, want to help to find kinder and more effective cures for children’s cancer by funding new research, providing grants to nurses and rewarding those who go the extra mile in caring for seriously ill children and infants.