Weʼve raised £530 to Halt Angie's MS with HSCT
- Hove, United Kingdom
- Funded on Saturday, 17th September 2016
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I am cycling from London to Brighton on 11th September to raise money towards treatment to try & help stop my Cousin Angie's Multiple Sclerosis.
Angie Fleet, is a loving mum to 16 year old daughter Lauryn and has been married to Carl for 20 years. Angie was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis shortly after her daughter was born in 2000 and has had many symptoms ranging from blindness in one eye to not being able to walk. She was only 23 at the time.
BBC1 ran a short documentary on the 18th of January called "Can you stop my Multiple Sclerosis?" and the programme highlighted one of the two trials being done here in th UK . In the programme they showed that it IS possible to halt MS in its tracks and even see some improvements to damage already done too.
The treatment is called Autologous Hematopoietic Stem Cell Therapy (HSCT) and is a very aggressive treatment. It is done by harvesting her own stem cells before using chemotherapy to kill off her existing immune system. Angie's stem cells are then given back to her by transfusion to reboot her immune system without the memory of her MS. This has shown to be effective in 75-90% of those treated so far with her current form of MS (relapsing-remitting) and only time will tell if it will halt disease activity for a lifetime.
The treatment is not available on the NHS and it costs £50,000 for the treatment of which Angie has already managed to raise an incredible £34,700. Thanks for your support.
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