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FIGHTER JASON TO TRAVEL TO AMERICA FOR PT
Former war hero and father of three is expecting to fly to America for his next battle for health. He has been fighting against a brain tumor for years and now needs proton therapy to prolong his life.
44-year-old Jason Evans from the UK was diagnosed around five years ago and has undergone numerous treatments to reduce the size of his most severe grade 3 brain tumor. Last January, he and his family were told that cancerous cells were back and that he needed a trip abroad for proton beam therapy. They launched a “Just giving” to cover the £75,000 cost of his pioneering treatment, and have since then been overwhelmed by the support of fund-raisers and well-wishers. Jason said he hoped to be given a date in the next two weeks for the proton beam therapy treatment he hopes will successfully tackle his tumor. He said: “I’m hoping to have a conference call with the doctor out in Oklahoma in the next couple of weeks and that should confirm when we’re flying out.”
CHARITY FOOTBALL MATCH RAISING FUNDS FOR CANCER KID
A host of celebrity faces from a local football team have put their best foot forward to raise £2,000 for poorly 6-year-old Guy Ryan from the UK, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor when he was 12 months old.
This week, Guy flew out to America for pioneering proton therapy following rounds of chemotherapy treatment and more than 20 operations in the UK. The treatment is being funded by the NHS and will be carried out in a hospital in Oklahoma. The family hopes it will freeze Guy’s tumor and to prevent it from growing back. The football match was staged this week to help the family who has been relentlessly fundraising for the costs associated with the 9-week trip and to allow them to be at Guy’s bedside. The £2,000 will go towards Guy’s appeal, The Christie Proton BeamTherapy Appeal and Joining Jack. His mom, 33, said: “I am so overwhelmed by the support we have received, people have been unbelievably generous and it is very humbling to know that we have got amazing friends and family. The event was great and everybody who came really enjoyed themselves.” Any money left over from the trip will enable the family to make improvements to their home to give Guy a better quality of life with the facilities he needs. To donate to Guy’s appeal go to: www.gofundme.com/qpart3
PARENTS PLEA FOR HELP TO SAVE TODDLER’S LIFE
The family of 2-year-old Kyle Jones, who has already lost one eye to cancer, is making an emotional appeal to save his remaining eye and prevent the disease from spreading further.
Little Kyle from south east London was diagnosed with retinoblastoma in March, a condition in which a tumor grows in the retina. About 40 cases of retinoblastoma are diagnosed in the UK each year, mostly in children under 5 years old. Kyle is currently undergoing chemotherapy in London, but his family wants to take him to the United States to get 11 weeks of pioneering proton therapy treatment at the Jacksonville Proton Beam Therapy Center in Florida. The family should leave for the States in three weeks, but they need to raise £8,000 to do so. His mom is appealing to help raise the funds they need. “Sometimes I think it’s so unfair that my little boy has had this cancer but you have to keep faith that he will get through it,” she said. “It’s lifesaving treatment. We desperately need the help of the general public and our community. I’m asking the community to help in any way they can. I know money is tight right now, but even if it is to donate £1 every little helps.” To help Kyle, visit http://kyle-robinsonjamesjonesfund.com.