A JustGiving page has been set up to help the family of a toddler who has been diagnosed with an exceptionally rare form of cancer.

Twenty-one-month old, Albie Waite from Fairford has recently been diagnosed with what specialists believe to be a Rhabdoid tumour, which is a very rare aggressive form of cancer.

The tumour was first detected when Albie’s mum, Leanne Waite was dressing Albie and his arm got stuck inside his t-shirt.

As Leanne tried to pull his arm free, it bent backwards slightly and Albie screamed with pain. Leanne knew that something was wrong and she and her husband, Chris, spent the next few weeks making several trips to A&E, followed by x-rays, CT scans and MRI scans at Swindon Hospital, before being referred to the Bristol Royal Children’s Hospital and then to a nerve specialist for a biopsy at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore, London.

Now the devastated parents, who have lived in Fairford all their lives, face daily trips to Bristol and sometimes London with Albie, so that he can receive chemotherapy, radiotherapy and physiotherapy.

As a self-employed general builder, Chris does not get paid if he doesn’t work, so with three children, another on the way and the prospect of many weeks travelling back and forth to Bristol – a 120 mile round trip – things are looking bleak financially for the family.

Friends set up a fundraising page to help the family with bills and travel expenses in an attempt to alleviate some stress, the total donated so far now stands at just over £9000.

Dad Chris said: “The specialists said that only 3-5 children in the UK are diagnosed each year with this very rare form of tumour and that the odds of getting the tumour are about one in a million. Albie is definitely our one-in-a-million special baby boy.”

To donate to Aid Albie click here