OVER £11,000 has been raised by community fundraisers for a five-year-old boy with an incurable illness.
Zack Barrett was diagnosed with a diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) - a rare and aggressive form of brain tumour – only last weekend.
His parents, Mirfield-raised Ryan and Becky Barrett, were given the heartbreaking news that there was no known cure.
The Kirkheaton Primary School pupil could have just 18 months to live with treatment.
A fundraising page was set up to support the family’s finances and to help the Barretts create as many memories as possible with Zack, who has a twin brother called Leo.
Family friend Kirsty Hemingway set up the fund over the weekend with an initial target of £500 to buy Zack some new toys.
People in Mirfield and district rallied round and that target was quickly smashed. The total raised stands at £11,065, with contributions from almost 500 people, and the target amount has been increased to £15,000.
Zack’s father Ryan said: “Everyone has been so amazing in our support and fundraising so that we can make wonderful memories and ease the financial pressure so we can spend our last moments with him.”
Doctors originally believed that the youngster from Kirkheaton was suffering from a viral infection. But his family, along with staff from Zack’s school, pushed for more tests to be carried out and he was admitted to hospital last week for an MRI scan, which revealed a tumour known as a diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma.
They are hoping to take Zack to Disneyland in Florida but may have to wait as he has begun treatment this week.
A number of fundraising events have been set up, including a ‘Winter Wonderland’ day at The Pear Tree Inn in Mirfield.
The pub is asking for any spare decorations or Christmas lights to be donated to be used at the event on Saturday, December 17.
Details of all the fundraising events can be viewed on a Facebook page titled ‘Zack’s memory funds’. To donate to the appeal, visit www.gofundme.com/zack-barrett.