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Help 10-year-old get cancer treatment in America
Mikey Wells, 10, has been fighting a brain tumor for nearly three years. His family is hoping to raise £10,000 so they can be with him when he goes to America for potentially life-saving treatment.
More than half the cash needed for Mikey Wells’ family to be with him during his treatment in America has been raised. Mikey was diagnosed with a tumor wrapped around his brain stem just days before Christmas 2011. Despite several surgeries and rounds of chemotherapy, the tumor is still growing and Mikey is running out of options.
If the tumor doesn’t respond to the latest chemotherapy drug, Mikey has been referred for Proton Therapy in America and his family are raising the funds to pay for them to go out there with him. « I don’t want him to give up hope as he hasn’t got his family there. », his mom said. They have raised almost £6,000 of the £10,000 target. Anyone who would like to make a donation can go to http://www.gofundme.com/MikeyWells.
Family selling their home to pay for cancer treatment
Frankie-Rose Lea is just seven years old, but she has been given just weeks to live after being diagnosed with a brain tumor. Experts have told her parents the only thing that can save her is travelling to America for proton beam therapy.
However, as applying for proton beam therapy on the NHS could take eight weeks and as NHS doctors advised against it, Frankie-Rose’s parents need £110,000 to pay for the life-saving treatment of their daughter. The desperate couple have set up a fundraising page, which has already raised £50,000 in just three days, but they need to find the rest of the money fast as their daughter might not make it until Christmas. They have even put their three-bedroom home in south east London on the market and are prepared to be homeless if it saves Frankie-Rose.
Since she started chemotherapy in August, her tumor has tripled in size and spread to her spine.”We are desperate. We will live in a box if we need to as long as we are together. What choice do we have ? If we wait for NHS funding it will probably be too late”, her mom said.
“It would be nice to have a home to come back to after America, but nothing is more important than saving Frankie.”
4-year-old preparing for proton therapy
Proton therapy is an alternative treatment modality to traditional radiation allowing less damage to healthy organs and reducing significantly the duration of treatment. That is why it is the best option for 4-year-old Colt Moore.
Young Colt was diagnosed with nodular ganglioneuroblastoma, a rare form of cancer that affects children and that is extremely hard to treat. According to the American Cancer Institute, 700 new cases of neuroblastoma are reported each year.
« On Oct. 3, he had his first surgery, which was 9 ½ hours long », his mom said. « He also underwent five rounds of chemo total. The last four being very aggressive. » Unfortunately, this kind of tumor usually does not respond to chemotherapy, which is why Colt needs proton therapy.
In June, Mayo Clinic will open its Proton Beam Therapy clinic in Rochester. It will help families throughout the Upper Midwest stay closer to home. For now, the Moore’s will travel to Chicago for treatment. A fundraiser to help pay for the Moore’s medical and travel needs is scheduled on Nov. 15.