|Type:||Memorial (for the deceased)|
|Location:||Kidderminster, United Kingdom|
A Petition has been created by Charlie Harris-Beard's family and supporters.
The brave and inspirational Charlie was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Lukemia when he was just 10 months old. Charlie's Army have fought hard to raise awareness of the importance of cord donation and have spent endless hours researching treatments across the world and sharing this by creating their own charity http://www.facebook.com/Cords4Life/info?ref=ts#!/Cords4Life. The procedure of umbilical cord donation is a risk free procedure that does not interfere with the delivery of your baby in any way, however it cannot be carried out without the mothers consent. At present there are less than 10 hospitals in the UK that offer this procedure, therefore many mothers have been turned away when they have wanted to donate their cords as they are not within reach of the handful of hospitals. We want to make sure that ALL expectant mothers are aware of their option to donate, and that ALL main hospitals have the facility to carry this donation out with trained midwives on shift around-the-clock to harvest the cord.
Sadly Charlie Harris-Beard lost his fight on 08/02/13having touched a nations heart and having brought over 50,000 supporters together to fight for his cause. we would like Charlie's Legacy to live on and to receive 100,000 signatures in order that our Government HAVE to debate this petition.
We are also nominating Charlie's family for the Pride of Britain award, and have a Thanks Giving page that raised over £3000 in less than 24 hours for the PICU at Birmingham Hospital where they looked after Charlie along his journey and where he took his final breath. Charlie was laid to rest on 14/02/13 but the battle to continue this fight for Charlie remains.
Petition for UK residents:
Petition for non UK residents:
Justgiving page for PICU Birmingham (Charlies followers and supporters have been asked to donate to the hospital instead of floral tributes):
Charlie's story and the charity Cords4life that his parents have created: