Henry on holiday with his Mum, Jane, just 3 months before diagnosis. He probably already had cancer at this time.

Henry Dancer was a normal 11-year-old boy. He had just started high school when he was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, a primary bone cancer, in his leg. For his family, it was like a bomb dropping. The disease had already spread to his lungs and he never walked again.

Over the following year, Henry underwent horrendous treatment, including a titanium implant from his hip to his shin to replace the diseased bone. After just 348 days he died, breaking our hearts; this is something he would never have wanted to do. 

His Mum, Jane, set up Henry Dancer Days with a view to helping other children and families in the same situation. In her words,

“It’s my way of ensuring that Henry’s name goes on and does good for other people. It won’t bring him back but it ensures the kindness and concern he showed for others during his short life continues in his name. He was my only child and I’ll miss him every day of my life until I join him.”