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Weʼre raising £160,000 to #BackBilly to save his life with Proton Beam treatment for a rare form of cancer

Great Malvern, Malvern, UK

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‘#BackBilly’ to raise £160,000 to save Billy’s life with proton treatment for a rare form of cancer

https://youtu.be/mQhMgbbGVZA

'We have received news from NHS Proton Panel that no funding will be given by the NHS to support Billy's much needed Proton treatment. With time against us and no hope of NHS funding, our initial aim was to take Billy to America, one of the top hospitals in the world for the treatment of sarcoma. We are looking at Proton Therapy Centres in Europe and hope that treatment can commence very soon. Thank you for your support at this difficult time.'

My sister Becky and her partner Jon have three brilliant sons, Sam, 18, Billy, 15 and Leo, 5. They are a great family, always positive and upbeat and full of fun, despite having had a lot of dark days for this is the third time Billy and the family have battled cancer. Billy is a fighter. He’s a fantastic boy and he’s already a walking miracle because he was diagnosed with a rare form of leukaemia when he was a small baby. After treatment at Bristol Children’s Hospital, less than two years later, the cancer returned and so he underwent further chemo, radiotherapy, complex treatments and a bone marrow transplant using stem cells. But... against all odds, Billy started school at 5 years old and hasn’t looked back. Billy is a success story. He has brought other cancer sufferers strength and hope. It was a miracle for all of us.

After they had been living by the hospital for so long, my sister and her family returned to normality, determined to put this horrendous ordeal behind them.

So, we are devastated that only 13 years later another very different battle has begun as the aggressive treatment that saved his life has now caused another rare type of cancer: chondroblastic osteosarcoma in his face. It’s a large tumour and very difficult to operate on because of its location near the brain. Billy cannot withstand strong chemotherapy because of his past cancer history, so specialist Proton therapy in America is his only option for a cure. Despite chemo since May, it is heart-breaking that the tumour has not shrunk. This is Billy’s big chance to stop the tumour in its tracks, either by making it benign or small enough for specialist surgery to take place. Please back Billy.

Billy has so much to live for. He has been so brave trying to maintain as normal a life as possible. Being very sociable with a great sense of humour, he has many friends and a very positive outlook on life. His hobbies include photography, climbing, cycling and kayaking. Billy loves anything technical having built his own computer and is fantastic at solving technical problems on computers and digital gadgets. He is a crucial part of the technical crew at his school for drama/musical productions and recently DJ’d at sports day. Billy also frequently teaches others to make willow craft. He is an excellent communicator and people person.

His life is in front of him. Billy has beaten cancer before. Please, please help him to do it again. Thank you for any donation you can give to help Billy get the treatment he needs now.

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For any fundraising events please email tarquinshawyoung@gmail.com

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  • Jonny Gunton5 hrs ago
    Jonny Gunton

    Jonny Gunton

    5 hrs ago

    'We have received news from NHS Proton Panel that no funding will be given by the NHS to support Billy's much needed Proton treatment. With time against us and no hope of NHS funding, our initial aim was to take Billy to America, one of the top hospitals in the world for the treatment of sarcoma. We are looking at Proton Therapy Centres in Europe and hope that treatment can commence very soon. Thank you for your support at this difficult time.' We have made a short film about Billy's Story please watch and share https://youtu.be/mQhMgbbGVZA

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  • Jonny Gunton10 days ago
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    Jonny Gunton

    10 days ago

    Here's A Great Example from the man himself https://twitter.com/BackBilly1/status/1038490805265199105 Click the link to watch our first #AreYouBackingBilly #BackBilly Join in and share 'I'm Backing Billy' and post

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  • Jonny Gunton10 days ago
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    Jonny Gunton

    10 days ago

    We will be launching several initiatives over the next week - Social media is the quickest way of getting the message out there - If you can post this tweet below to anyone you know - celebrities are good - The idea is to simply record on your phone ' I'm Backing Billy' and post Are You Backing Billy? #AreYouBackingBilly #BackBilly Post a video and share simply saying 'I'm Backing Billy' to @BackBilly1 http://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/BackBilly …

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Page last updated on: 9/18/2018 6:15 PM

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355

  • Jon Mackay

    Jon Mackay

    Sep 18, 2018

    £30.00

  • Peter Thorogood

    Peter Thorogood

    Sep 18, 2018

    £10.00

  • Freddie Jardine & Family

    Freddie Jardine & Family

    Sep 18, 2018

    We're backing Billy!

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Sep 18, 2018

    My support and energy to Billy and his family, from Spain

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Sep 18, 2018

    Please imagine this is your child and help save his life.

    £20.00

  • Annabelle and Deva

    Annabelle and Deva

    Sep 18, 2018

    Thinking of you from Cornwall. Lots of love xxx

    £20.00

  • Margaret  Pritchard

    Margaret Pritchard

    Sep 18, 2018

    We don't know Billy but wish him the very best of luck in reaching his target and getting the treatment he needs.Margaret and Brian

    £60.00

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