Weʼre raising £150,000 to Help Dave Battle Brain Cancer
- Bristol, UK
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*** Total raised as of 02.07.22 £132,517.13 ***
See below for offline funds list.
My lovely kind brother, David Gibbs, 37 years old from Bristol, was experiencing severe headaches for a couple of months before being diagnosed with Glioblastoma (GBM), a diagnosis none of us expected. This is a grade IV aggressive brain tumour and the outlook is poor, average survival time from diagnosis is just 12-18 months. As you can imagine our worlds have been turned upside down.
Following two biopsies in September 2021, Dave then underwent an 11 hour operation to remove as much of the cancer as possible. His fantastic NHS surgeon managed to remove 95% of the tumour from the centre of Dave's brain but it will grow back. The position of the tumour makes it even more rare. Dave has made a good recovery although his vision is impaired. Despite all of this, he hasn't once complained or let it diminish his fighting spirit.
Following surgery to remove as much of the tumour as possible, standard NHS treatment is 6 weeks of radiotherapy and chemotherapy followed by 6 months of just chemo. This is buying him time but is not a cure. Dave is also taking an additional drug as part of a clinical trial into improving treatment of GBM. His course of radiotherapy will finish 31st December 2021, and so far he is tolerating this rigorous treatment regime fairly well, as well as managing his Type 1 Diabetes.
Dave is a much loved Daddy, husband, son, brother, uncle and friend, and we need to keep him around. Dave's wife Gemma is heartbroken, they met at school and have been together 20 years, they have a beautiful 3 year old daughter, who adores him. They are a loving, happy family and have always worked hard but are unable to fund alternative treatments by themselves. Please donate and help give Dave the chance to beat this tumour. We love him so much and want him in our lives for as long as possible.
That's where this fundraising page comes in. There are other treatments available for GBM, such as immunotherapy, this includes personalised cancer vaccines. These work by taking cells from the patient's specific tumour and creating a vaccine which teaches the immune system what to target and attack. This is then injected into the patient every 4-6 weeks over the course of approximately 1 year. These personalised vaccines have had positive results, some people have gone into remission and long exceeded their initial prognosis. But these treatments are not available on the NHS or via private health insurance and are very expensive.
We hope to have tumour sequencing analysis carried out, to enable better targeting of drug treatments and to have a personalised cancer vaccine produced for Dave. This is available privately in Germany and America. So along with the cost of the treatments there will be travel and accommodation costs when going back and forth.
We plan to hold fundraising events, such as comedy nights, cake sales, sponsored bike rides and community food stalls. Please contact us if you have fundraising ideas or if you can hold a fundraising event for us.
Any unused funds will be donated to brain tumour charities to help support other families and fund much needed research.
Dave is not one to ask for help, instead always offering to help others and putting others before himself. But now, we need your help, every donation big or small can make a huge difference and is greatly appreciated.
PLEASE share this page, give what you can and spread the word. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Sarah (sister), Dave & all the family xxxx
10.01.2022 Update on Dave and what we've found out so far:
Dave has now completed his 6 weeks of chemo with radiotherapy. He’s shown such strength and determination during this difficult time. He's been fatigued, fighting nausea and sickness, and has lost some of his hair. Despite this, he continues to have a positive outlook and be an active husband and father.
Dave will restart chemotherapy in February for at least 6 months, we hope this new regime is not too hard on him and any side effects will be manageable.
Through further research and talking to a brain tumour charity with experience of these treatments it has come to our attention that the actual cost of treatment is considerably higher than we initially anticipated. So with this in mind we have had to raise the target so we can get Dave the treatment he needs to change the prognosis. We sit with tears in our eyes as we try to comprehend achieving the increased target, knowing we simply cannot fail. We can't imagine life without Dave.
Dave's blood samples and MRI scans have arrived in Germany and his tumour sample is due to be collected and sent for analysis in the coming days. Once the clinic in Germany receives the tumour samples it will be approximately 4 weeks before we get the analysis results. This should enable better targeting of drugs and tell us if they can make a personalised cancer vaccine for Dave. We eagerly and nervously await the results.
PLEASE help us to keep the donations coming in by spreading the word, continuing to share this page and supporting our events if you can, thank you xxxx
16.06.22 📣 UPDATE FROM DAVE: 📣
Hey all, time for another update…
Firstly thank you to everyone for your continued support, without your generosity we would not have reached the incredible amount of over £130k raised so far.
Thanks to your kindness I last week went to CeGaT in Germany for the first four of my personalised vaccines. These vaccines will hopefully begin to train my body to attack the tumour. It’s all about building up the number of T-cells able to fight the tumour and to achieve this I will be going back to Germany every 4-6 weeks for additional doses of the vaccine.
I’m feeling much more positive having been to CeGaT and met the team of Doctors & staff there. Starting my chemo cycle next week feels less of a strain now.
The brilliant DBF team continue to create events for you all to enjoy, coming up we have; a steeplechase night, cakes, ice creams and a possible variety show!
Although my treatment has started, we continue to fundraise to cover both the vaccine administration and any supplementary drugs which may help to beat this thing. Unfortunately many of the drugs being recommended by the doctors in Germany are not yet available on the NHS.
I can’t say it enough, thank you so much for your ongoing support and encouraging words x
(Please see updates section below for further updates)
For transparency, we are listing the money raised offline so far. Thank you to everyone involved in raising the offline funds and for the kind generosity. These funds have not been paid into the JustGiving page because we would pay a 2.9% fee on each of them.
Kind neighbour £1000
Giggle4Gibbs comedy night £701.44
Just Quizzing for Dave's Brain Fund, raffle ticket sales and bucket collection money, £508.01 (The ticket sales money minus fees has been paid into the page)
Jaleelah Galbraith's squatathon sponsorship £1442.70 (fees deducted)
Shanna Prowle's walking sponsorship £669.84 (fees deducted)
Zenshin Dojo's Iain Abernethy karate seminar £1900.76
William Page Court afternoon tea event £470
Walk/Run 2022km team sponsorship £2,830.01 (fees deducted)
Intuita sponsorship matching £2943
Jalentine's day £75 (Jaleelah Galbraith's birthday donations)
Mokka and The Grapevine Brasserie raffles, The Foresters and The Trident, and bucket collections £374
Further family donations £10,800
Nick Webb and Darren Kellett's SAS challenge £1653.66 (fees deducted)
Family FUN-draiser £2144.28
Brick and Craft Show £2417.14
Mangotsfield United FC bucket collection £276.69
Fishponds Royal Mail fancy dress £471.49 and bucket £32.83
Style Collection raffle £140
The Gym Longwell Green £200
Just Quizzing 2 raffle £239.88
Vegas raffle £328
Jane Anstruther's Jubilee ice cream sales £170
Running everyday in May for Dave sponsorship £250
For further updates on Dave & information about our fundraising events follow us on:
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Twitter & Instagram @davesbrainfund
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- 3 months ago
Sarah Burford on behalf of David Gibbs3 months ago
Chemo round3 starts next week. It’s really exhausting but I’m coping ok so far. Germany can manufacture a personalised cancer vaccine. We've ordered this course of treatment, which isn’t a cure but has changed the prognosis for some. We continue to fundraise to ensure we can cover the costs of administering the vaccines in Germany, ongoing tests&additional non-NHS medications I’ve been advised could be beneficial. Thank you for donating,sharing&attending our events. We’re completely overwhelmed by the kindness&generosity we have received♥️
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- 5 months ago
Sarah Burford on behalf of David Gibbs5 months ago
Dave's latest MRI scan showed no sign of tumour progression at present. This is a huge relief as some people already have tumour regrowth at this stage. Dave has also finished his first round of higher dose chemotherapy, his side effects were bearable& he's almost feeling back to normal again now, apart from ongoing vision problems. Big thanks to everyone for their support so far for Dave & #davesbrainfund ❤ PLEASE continue to share the page far& wide to help us reach the target&get Dave the treatment he needs to change the prognosis xxxx
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- 6 months ago
Sarah Burford on behalf of David Gibbs6 months ago
A message from Dave, "Thank you all so much for your generous donations, kind messages, spreading the word, sharing this page, following us on social media, supporting our events, doing your own sponsored activities, holding events, offering goods/services for donations & raffle prizes, and so much more. You are all amazing! I’d also like to say a special thank you to my wife Gemma, my family and the fundraising team for everything they’re doing" Please see the main body of text for an update on Dave’s journey and why we’ve raised the target.
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Jun 29, 2022
Jun 13, 2022
Jun 11, 2022
For 4 strips of raffle tickets, quiz 11 June.
Queensholm Drive Jubilee Party
Jun 9, 2022
All the best!
May 30, 2022
We did a yard sale and thought we would donate the proceedings to your fund x would like to have been at more events but still wary of crowds so hope this helps to support in a small way xxx
May 28, 2022
We don’t know you Dave but Kate Swain and her family are hosting a yard sale for you. Wishing you and your family the best of luck on your mission x
May 28, 2022
Sending love X
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Sarah Burford on behalf of David Gibbs
Hi, I'm David's little sister Sarah. PLEASE do anything you can to help. If you have a fundraising idea or want to make contact please email DavesBrainFund@gmail.com or use the contact link below. Thank you so much for your support, Sarah, Dave and all the family xxxx