THE family of a brave Erdington boy battling blood cancer are hoping that an upcoming Elvis tribute night will raise enough funds to jet him out on a dream holiday.
Seven-year-old Jamie Morris was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in June – something that dad Luke described as “turning his world upside down.”
But the youngster is keeping positive throughout the ordeal – making his parents, including mum Pam, proud.
Luke, aged 29, said: “I take my hat off to Jamie because of how positive he is being.
“When he was diagnosed I think he saw how much it got to me and his mum and he instantly thought he needed to listen to what was going on and keep a brave face.
“I don’t think Jamie knows the ins and outs of his condition but he knows he has leukemia and he knows he has to go through radiotherapy. He’s taken that in his stride and I really cannot fault him.”
Acyte myeloid leukemia is a slightly rarer form of the cancer – and has a 70 per cent chance of survival.
Jamie is required to attend radiotherapy sessions once every three weeks at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
Luke, of Chipstead Road, added: “It is hard to get used to – I’m used to a daily routine of getting up, dropping the kids to school and going to work but it’s all changed. It is a difficult one to get your head around.
“It can be very challenging but with the help of family it’s made everything a lot easier and eased the pressure off slightly.”
And it is family who have now stepped in with the hope of raising funds to give Jamie and his parents a well-deserved break.
On Saturday, September 28, professional Elvis tribute act Andrew Memphis will be presenting a one-off charity show in aid of the youngster.
The 70’s rock-and-roll impersonator is the partner of Jamie’s cousin, Hollie Russell.
Andrew said: “Jamie is a brave little lad who is coping so well with everything – and we wanted to help out.
“We bounced around a few ideas, but we have done a charity show before to a much smaller crowd for Macmillan Cancer Support and it was a big success.
“We hope that the money raised will afford a holiday for Jamie because it will be nice for them to get away from everything for a while, and we hope it will cheer him up.”
Luke, who is planning to jet the family out to visit relatives in Australia or arrange a get-a-way to Gran Canaria, said he was overwhelmed by the support.
He added: “We are very grateful to Andy and Hollie, it’s a really nice gesture.
“The response from the whole community, including from the school and the area where we live, has been amazing. We are so grateful and we cannot thank everyone enough.”
Only 150 tickets are available for the charity night, which will take place from 8pm at St Matthew’s Church Centre, Aldridge Road in Great Barr.
Tickets are £6 each and there is a fully licensed bar available all night.
Visit www.andrewmemphis.co.uk to purchase tickets.
Andrew and Hollie are also appealing for a local travel agent who may be willing to donate a holiday for Jamie and his parents. If a holiday is donated, money raised at the charity event will go towards spending costs. If you want to help, email firstname.lastname@example.org