‘Heroes’ legacy for Dawson

Dawson Wilcox, two pictured with Dad David and Mum Wendy
Dawson Wilcox, two pictured with Dad David and Mum Wendy

The brave parents of a tiny cancer battler have vowed to help other children smile too as they spend the last few weeks with their son.

The family of two-year-old Dawson Willcock have spent some of the money raised for his treatment on a holiday home to help others as a legacy for him.

Wendy and David Willcock, of Warnadene Road, Sutton, are coming to terms with the heartbreaking news Dawson is nearing the end of his brave fight after he was diagnosed with a rare form of liver cancer in January.

They have been told Dawson’s cancer was far “too aggressive” for treatment and that Dawson now only has six to eight weeks left to live.

Wendy said: “We had a decision to make and decided we wanted him to be at home with us.

“We have been told Dawson will probably not see Christmas and the prognosis has not changed, but he is still fighting.”

About £50,000 of the £350,000 they have raised in the hope of sending him to America for pioneering treatment will now be used to buy a caravan at Butlins in Skegness – which will be named Dawson’s Home for Heroes.

More of the cash will be used to fund treatments for other children, when they are absolutely sure nothing more can be done for Dawson.

Wendy said: “This is about Dawson’s legacy.

“It has given us something else to focus on. It is nice to know something good has come out of something so bad.

“Dawson has always been smiley and cheeky and we want to help other children smile too. We want to continue fundraising to keep the caravan going.”

A Christmas Ball organised by Annette Terry at South Forest Leisure Centre, in Edwinstowe, on Friday, November 17, raised more than £1,600.

The family have thanked the community for taking part in a Christmas fancy dress parade from Leamington Primary School to Dawson’s house .

Wendy said: “Everyone gathered around the house and sang Christmas songs.

“There was a lovely wonderful atmosphere.”