Cricket family batting for boy's cure

ELLE HUNT
Last updated 05:00 27/12/2012
Angus Little
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EVERY BIT HELPS: Angus Little, 5, front, with, from left, brother Jonathan, 10, parents Wendy and Dave Little, and brother Caleb, 12, at the Basin Reserve.

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A former Wellington cricketer has been bowled over by the support shown for his son to receive treatment for a life-threatening brain tumour.

Taita Cricket Club stalwart Dave Little and his wife Wendy are raising funds for their son Angus, 5, to travel to the United States to take part in a clinical research trial.

Wellington's cricket community has rallied round the Littles since last year when the ganglioglioma tumour was diagnosed. It is located at the base of Angus' brain, and is not treatable by surgery, chemotherapy or radiation.

A dollar from every ticket sold to the Wellington Firebirds game yesterday afternoon was donated to the Angus Little Brain Tumour Fundraising Appeal.

A group of supporters, wearing "Mighty Angus" black T-shirts, were also out in force at the Basin Reserve, collecting for the cause.

Wendy Little said she and her husband had been "humbled" by people's reactions. Dave Little agreed, saying the support from the cricket community had been "pretty overwhelming".

Although Angus is "full of energy" now, his condition could worsen, so the Littles have been exploring possible treatment options in the United States.

They hope he will be accepted into a clinical research trial at St Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, which is investigating new radiation techniques that minimise damage to the tissue around the tumour.

In five months they have raised about $55,000.

But their target is about $300,000.

This will be enough to support them in the United States for as long as Angus' treatment requires.

Chris Nevin, of Cricket Wellington, estimated about $2000 was raised for Angus at the shortened Twenty20 game against the Central Stags yesterday, and hoped to do something similar at another home game.

Dave Little said Cricket Wellington's gesture was excellent.

"You can't ask for anything more."

At "Umpire for Angus Day" on December 1 Cricket Wellington umpires and scorers donated their match fees, raising more than $1200.

For more information on the Angus Little Brain Tumour Fundraising Appeal, go to anguslittle.com.

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