Rochelle Humes, co-host of ITV's This Morning, was deeply moved during Wednesday's episode as she watched Harry Mills, a brave nine-year-old boy who is currently battling a rare form of bone cancer. Harry, also known as Hazza, appeared on the show to talk about his inspiring fundraising campaign for Young Lives vs Cancer.
Having been recently diagnosed, Harry is currently undergoing an intensive course of chemotherapy and will soon undergo a critical operation. During the show, Harry's dad, Andy, revealed that his main concern was losing his hair due to the treatment. In a heartwarming display of support, Harry's close friends joined him in the studio, having shaved their heads as a mark of solidarity with their pal.
The emotional display prompted tears from Rochelle, who is a mother of three. She expressed her overwhelming emotions, telling the boys, "Oh my gosh, you're giving me happy tears." Moved by their act of friendship, she added, "Sorry, it is just a beautiful story about good friends, and we can learn so much from it."
Viewers at home were also deeply touched by the heartwarming scene, with many expressing their emotions on social media platforms. One viewer on X, formerly known as Twitter, wrote, "'Harry will never be alone.' Right, whoever is cutting onions better stop right now." Others echoed similar sentiments, stating that they were moved to tears by Harry and his friends' powerful display of friendship.
Harry and his friends have managed to raise an astounding £30,000 in donations, exceeding the initial target of £10,000. On the fundraising page set up by his dad, Andy explains that Harry is currently facing a challenging journey of chemotherapy and is scheduled for an upcoming operation to remove a tumor.
During the show, Rochelle and her co-presenter, Craig Doyle, announced that they would be contributing to the fundraising efforts. Craig proposed a donation of £500 for each shaved head, to which Rochelle, wiping away tears, responded, "Why not?" Together, they pledged £2,500 towards the cause, further boosting the total funds raised.
Harry courageously shared his experience with viewers, admitting that his diagnosis had been incredibly frightening. He recalled feeling nervous and scared each time he entered a room that wasn't a giant X-Ray. Harry's bravery in the face of such adversity has left an indelible impact on all those who have followed his story.
The heartwarming display of friendship and the incredible fundraising efforts have not only inspired the This Morning hosts but also viewers across the nation. Harry's determination to make a difference and support other children fighting cancer serves as a reminder of the power of unity and compassion.