About Thomas

Who is Thomas Adams?

Thomas was born on 17th August 2009. Until 20th January 2011 he led a normal, healthy life. He attended nursery 3 days a week and caused the usual toddler amount of mischief there and at home. We had the normal parental anxieties about him – what do you do when you’re told by the nursery that he bit someone!? – but we had no idea what would hit us.

Thomas was diagnosed with an anaplastic ependymoma after a fit on 20th January. This is a rare, aggressive brain tumour that mainly affects children. It has already come back once despite surgery and chemotherapy. The next stage is more aggressive brain surgery and proton therapy in the United States. This therapy is Thomas’s last chance to fight the cancer.

We wait to hear whether all the tumour gets removed at his surgery. If it is all removed we can begin to make plans for the US.

How can you help us?

Thank you so much for the thoughts, cards and gifts we have received in the last few months – we have been overwhelmed. Over the next few weeks as the situation about Thomas treatment plan becomes clearer we are going to put together some suggestions for links to charities and other suggestions that we have.

Who are Becca & Ted?

Becca & Ted are Thomas’ parents. Becca is pregnant and due to have our second baby on 29th June. Becca has been off work since Thomas’ fit. Becca & Ted both work as junior doctors in Merseyside.  They have had tremendous support from family and friends and are so grateful to them and to everyone else who have given them support over the last few months.


39 Responses to About Thomas

  1. Clare Rees says:

    Dear Becca & Ted,

    I just wanted you to know that we are thinking of you both and Thomas and the rest of your family at such a stressful and emotional time. You both sound like you are being incredibly strong which is admirable in what must be the toughest test any parent can face.

    Our thoughts are with you and especially for little Thomas.

    Love Clare & Matt Rees (friends of Sarah & Nick)

  2. Kate Jones says:

    Dear Ted and Becca,

    I was absolutely gutted to read about Thomas – I linked to the website via Sarah’s facebook profile. I just wanted to send an email to let you know that I will be praying, especially for a miracle for Thomas, and a real sense of peace for you all.

    Love Kate Jones

  3. Annie Atkins says:

    Despite everything – the happiness you have as a family shines through, very precious.

    Annie & Stanley xx

  4. Dan Vernon says:

    Dear Ted & Becca,
    What a shock I got when I saw this link on Facebook. I remember how worried we were when Lisa was admitted to hospital a few weeks before William was born. It was great to see you (Ted) in the hospital, especially as you made time to chat to us, and put us at ease.

    Our thoughts & prayers are with you all, and we will be happy to help in the future, in whatever way we can.

    Best Wishes,
    Dan, Lisa, Adam & William

  5. Jo Warner says:

    Dear Ted, Becca and Thomas,

    We hope today has been a success. Well done on being so strong and Thomas for being so brave. All our thoughts and best wishes are with you.

    Love Ed and Jo xxx

  6. Rachel Thomson-Glover says:

    Dear Becky, Ted and Thomas,
    You are all being so brave, I am thinking of you all the time and cant wait to see you all so soon.
    So much Love Aunty Cacca x

  7. Kizito Kibyami says:

    I dont know you guys, i read this from my friend Paul who is a doc in Mulago here in Uganda, but i have been so much tourched by Thomas’ situation, all i can do for you is pray and copy this link to my wall for so others to view it!

    Stay strong, keep the heads up! you seem strong though, keep it up!

  8. Rachel Roberts says:

    I was so shocked to hear about your beautiful little boy. We are all thinking about you and will do anything we can to help you and your family, until then are prayers are with you xx

  9. maggie odell says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Good luck, keep strong. Love Mags Odell XXX

  10. Lizzie Bruffell says:

    Hi Ted and Becca,
    You may remember me as a Midwife at Arrowe? Just wanted to say how wonderful your website is. Must be really good for all your friends and family to stay in touch with all Thomas’ progress etc. Keep strong and I wish you all the luck in the world.
    Lots of love Lizzie and Dan Bruffell xxxxxx

  11. Georgia M says:

    Dear Becca,
    Just wanted you to know that myself and family are thinking of you lots. You are all incredibly brave and hope for a fast recovery for Thomas xx

  12. Sue Evans says:

    Such shocking news Ted. Hope and pray that Thomas gets the treatment he needs. Best wishes to your wife and other little one. If the girls at Warrington can do any thing e.g fund raising let us know. Stay stong.
    God Bless

  13. Gee Marling says:

    Dear Becca, Ted and Thomas

    I’m a friend of Rachels, and although I haven’t met Thomas I’ve heard lots of stories about him and he sounds like the most loved little boy in the world.
    Ever since Rachel told me back in January I’ve been saying little prayers for Thomas, and for you.

    Gee xx

  14. Gemma (Merton), Tom and Billy says:

    Dear Becca and all the family,
    Thinking of you loads and loads and can’t even begin to imagine what you’re going through. Sending you laods of love and strength.
    I hope you’ve had some support from CLIC Sargent?

  15. Athene Chanter says:

    Dear Becca, Ted and Thomas

    Just to say I am thinking of you all and praying for Thomas to get better very soon. Lots & lots of love xxx

  16. Kate Cannon says:

    Ted & Becca

    There are no words to make this better only Prayers, Love and most of all hope.
    If there is anything I can do please let me know, until then always in my thoughts..

    Love Kate & Patrick xxxx

  17. Dawn Friday says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all, stay strong. Lots of love xx

  18. Karen sherratt says:

    Thinking of you all hope you get to the USA very soon love and best wishes

  19. Dee, Hugh, Tessa, Justin & Esra, Jonathan, Alexandra, Florrie and Rosie Thomson-Glover says:

    We all send you lots of love and hope that the treatment in America is possible and works. Thinking of you all and praying hard. xxx

  20. Paula Brown says:

    Ted please let us know at APH if you need us to raise some money and we’ll pull out all the stops, lots of love Paula Brown x

  21. Zsa-Zsa Bowie Wilson says:

    Dearest Ted, Becca and Thomas,

    What brave people you are. We are thinking of you in Aus and send our strongest most positive thoughts, wishes and prayers.

    Lots of love
    Zsa-Zsa, Johno and Jemima

  22. Pauline Kennedy says:

    Just to say all my love and best wishes to you all. My son David was diagnosed with a brain tumour when he was 22mths old he is now 25…years old that is. It’s not been all plain sailing and sometimes things were very bleak,.But like all mums and dads we never give up and there may be times that you will have to call on an inner strength and you will find that in yourselves when you need it. Best wishes Pauline xxx

  23. Alex Moore says:

    Dear Ted and Becca,

    We are sending Thomas all of our love, we’ll do anything we can to help with the trip to america.
    See you all soon
    Alex & Andy xxxxx

  24. Flora Roberts & family says:

    Dear Becca and Ted,
    you and your lovely brave boy will be in our prayers from now on. I will be on the lookout for other opportunities to help. I got a link to your wonderful blog today from Kitten (via my mother) and will be looking out for updates. We are based in Chicago at the moment, so if Chicago shows up as a possible destination for further treatment, we would love to help any way we can.
    Flora and family

  25. Liz Anderson says:

    Dear Becca and Ted
    What beautiful pictures of Thomas! We are all thinking of you so much and would love to help if you need anything.
    Lots of love and hugs
    Liz, Gerry and Arwen

  26. Pauline Green says:

    Ted and Becca
    Rest assured that you are wonderful parents and Thomas is lucky to have you there for him, fighting his corner. I hope and pray that his treatment is successful – I can only imagine the heartache you are suffering.
    If there is anything I can do for you please let me know.
    My love to you all
    Pauline xx

  27. Laura Chanter says:

    Becca and Ted,

    What a worry; but you have shown how very strong and brave you are and he is in wonderful hands. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you all at this difficult time; a HUGE HUG for Thomas.

    Much love, Laura and David

  28. Nighat & Jon says:

    Dear Becca & Ted,

    What a brave and lovely little boy you both have. He is absolutely beautiful. We will be thinking of Thomas throughout his treatment, our thoughts and prayers are with Thomas and you both,


    Nighat & Jon x

  29. Anna (Moss-Gibbons) Davies says:

    I can’t begin to imagine all the emotions you have been and are going through, all my positive thoughts go with you to the US.

    Big huggage
    Mossy x

  30. Alana Watts says:

    Thinking of you all. You are a wonderful family, stay strong together. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Alana xxx

  31. Emily Hill says:

    Dear Becca and Ted
    So sorry to hear your news, our thoughts are with you all at this difficult time. Sending you lots of love and please let us know if there’s anything at all we can do.

    Emily and family xx

  32. Cat Davison says:

    Ted and Becca,

    I was gutted to read this site and hear your news. I wish you the best of luck and hope for every success.

    Thinking of you all.

    Cat xxx

  33. Kate O'Connell says:

    I am so terribly sorry to hear about Thomas and his fight. I will keep him in my thoughts and prayers. I hope he gets the best care he can have. I see that you seem to have something in the works already, but wanted to also mention a Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennesse, USA. It’s called St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. They are the leaders in pediatric cancer and they treat any accepted patient, regardless of ability to pay for their treatment. I just wanted to be sure that you knew about it, in case there was something they could do for Thomas. My husband and I donate monthly to the hospital because of the miracles the create.
    I will keep Thomas in my thoughts and I hope for the very best for him.

    Prayers from across the pond… Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
    Kate, JD, Kennedy & Reese O’Connell

  34. Elizabeth Sweeney says:

    Dear Ted, Becca and Thomas

    I am a friend of Anna and was with her when she heard the news about Thomas. All my thoughts and prayers are with you all. Stay strong, so many people are thinking and praying for you all and your beautiful Thomas.

    Lots of love


  35. Hannah Erlichman says:

    Hi Becca

    I’ve just been speaking to Kate and she told me about Thomas so I decided to take a look at the website, which is great. Wishing you all the best and thinking of you all.

    Lots of love


  36. Catherine Moore says:

    We have been shocked to read what you are going through and our thoughts are with you and your family. You are all so brave. Stay strong.
    Lots of love,
    Catherine xx

  37. Liz Anderson says:

    Dear Becca, Ted and Thomas
    I’m sorry we couldn’t make it on Saturday – I have made a small direct contribution. I’m sorry you are having such a frustrating wait too. I really hope things get moving soon. Hang in there all of you. We are thinking of you so much and hope that Thomas is meanwhile busy and happy – if a bit tired.
    With much love from
    Liz, Gerry and Arwen

  38. David says:

    Hi Ted & becca,just to say All the best for Thomas ,ya doing a great job.

    Everyone here at Emmis Deli.xx

  39. Nick Marples says:

    Hi There,
    We have just had NHS approval for proton therapy to Oklahoma from the UK and are awaiting the final agreement. You are the only family we have heard of from the UK that has travelled to Oklahoma from the UK.(all the othe families we have read about have gone to Jacksonville).
    ANY information would be gratefully recieved! Thank you so much.

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