St Albans cancer boy’s bravery inspires fundraising

A BRAVE St Albans toddler is looking forward to going swimming for the first time following the end of his treatment for a cancerous tumour.

Two-year-old Lucca Moseley-Carini had his chemotherapy line removed from his neck at Great Ormond Street Hospital on Monday, which marks the end of his treatment for a cancerous germ cell tumour based near his spine.

Lucca’s father Tony Carini explained: “We discovered a bulge the size of an orange at the base of Lucca’s back last year and took him to Accident and Emergency at Luton and Dunstable Hospital. Lucca was transferred to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge for further tests, and was diagnosed with the tumour.

“He was transferred to GOSH for chemotherapy, and the treatment worked really well and the tumour shrank, so in March they were able to operate to remove it.

While Lucca had the line in place he was not able to go swimming due to the risk of infection, but this very happy and active boy is now very much looking forward to getting soaked this summer!

Tony said: “Lucca has been so brave; he has been in and out of hospital since September.

“We took him to Disneyland Paris this year as he has done so well. I’m really looking forward to taking him swimming for the first time. He is an amazing boy.”

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Lucca’s bravery has inspired his aunt Nina Carini to raise money for charity CLIC Sargent who help children with cancer and leukemia by providing clinical and nursing care, family support, school visits and play therapy.

Nina has pledged to lose 50lbs in weight for the charity and has just 16lbs to go. She said: “Lucca was so brave, he did not complain once during his treatment.”

She is also holding a fund-raising quiz at the London Road Club, Cell Barnes Lane, St Albans on Friday, July 16.

Tickets are �5 per person and you can reserve a table for up to six team members.

If you would like to reserve tickets or sponsor Nina on her weight loss for CLIC Sargent then please email Nina on