A boy from Yateley, who was diagnosed with cancer of the eye at just 14-months-old, has become the poster boy for a campaign by a leading specialist cancer charity.
Three-year-old Taylor Treadwell was diagnosed with retinoblastoma in 2013 after his aunt spotted a white glow in his eye in a photograph taken by his mum Tina to send to a modelling agency.
Mrs Treadwell showed the pictures to her GP, who checked Taylor’s eyes and referred him for further tests at hospital, whereby he was diagnosed with retinoblastoma in both eyes.
Within four months, he had undergone six rounds of chemotherapy in order to save his sight.
Now, Taylor is featuring in a campaign by the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust (CHECT) to raise awareness of signs of the disease.
He features in new a YouTube video to help parents look for signs of the disease by simply taking a picture with the flash on.
The toddler has been stable for the last year, but has been left blind in his right eye with no peripheral vision in his left eye.
Mrs Treadwell said due to his age, Taylor does not fully understand what he’s been through, but she has noticed the effect it has had on the rest of her family, who live in Reading Road.
Mrs Treadwell has been invited by CHECT to create a blog for World Retinoblastoma Week starting on May 10, which will focus on the effect of Taylor’s struggles on daughters Summer, 11, Skye, 15 and Leonnie, 17.
“It’s not easy for the whole family to go through the treatments day after day,” she said.
“For four months, that was our life. That’s why we think it’s so important to support the charity.”
Taylor’s nursery, First Steps in Yateley, is holding a fundraising teddy bears picnic and assault course on May 27, while his father Simon will complete a 15,000ft skydive in June to raise money for CHECT.