Hunter Madden is still showing his trademark incredible bravery as he continues to battle Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia.
The 5-year-old, who inspired Andy Keogh, Shane Lowry and several members of the Glory staff to participate in the World's Greatest Shave earlier this year, had seemed to be making excellent progress and was due to complete his treatment in January 2020.
He suffered a cruel set-back last month, however, when doctors found that the leukaemia had returned.
Since then, Hunter has been confined to hospital, often in an isolation unit, where he has been undergoing relapse induction treatment, blood and platelet transfusions and chemotherapy and is now due to receive a bone marrow transplant at some point in the New Year.
His mother Kate posted the following on Facebook on Friday:
"Hunter has had a very hard week. He finished his last pulse of steroids, gained an unexplained fever, had severe diarrhoea and on top of all the chemo, was started on 2 IV antibiotics. He was pretty miserable and due to his neutrophils sitting for the last 12 days at 0.00, he has been in isolation. Yesterday he got the all clear to go for a walk around the ward and again today he has been allowed out. We have finished all the chemo for this round and now it’s the waiting game for neutrophils to come up enough for a lumbar puncture which we are hoping for on Friday."
On behalf of everyone associated with Glory, we'd like to wish Hunter, Kate, father Dave and brother Zac all the very best and if you'd like to help, you can do so in a number of ways.
A GoFundMe page has been set up which you can find HERE, there's a fundraising event happening later this month which you can find details of HERE and to learn how you can give the gift of life by donating blood, click HERE.
We'll continue to keep you up to date with Hunter's progress.