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raised of £110,000 target by 170 supporters

    Weʼve raised £32,570 to Help Grant Davies raise money to pay for a groundbreaking new cancer trial using CAR-T immunotherapy.

    Cape Town, South Africa
    Funded on Thursday, 15th November 2018

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    Grant Davies. We call him “Dodge”. There is a story of how he got this name: something about a rugby injury that left him with a “dodgy” hip. But Dodge is not dodgy at all. He is the nicest guy you will ever meet. He listens to you intently with those piecing blue eyes. And he asks you questions and is always really present. At times, when he has absorbed what you have to tell him, he will cock his head slightly, form a smile and begin with something like, “The thing is . . .”. He will then kindly offer you another perspective that is informed, full of heart and always optimistic.

    Four years ago, Dodge was diagnosed with multiple myeloma. This is a rare form of cancer that attacks the plasma cells. These cells are found in the bone marrow and are an important part of the immune system. He has been through a lot since then: three years of chemo, two bone-marrow transplants, months in isolation. He has taken courses of medicine procured from India, he has lost his hair three times and he has submitted himself to a trial in China. He has been through horrific times and, along the way, the journey has been dark. But it’s also been amazing: he has been lifted up and carried along by incredible friends and family, and the most extra ordinary wife… and a nine-year-old super hero, nurse aid, adventure seeker and gaming fanatic – Oscar Davies!!

    Yet, the cancer is still with him and the options to cure it are almost at an end.

    What arguably remains his last, best shot at beating this disease is a trial he has now been accepted on at the Fred Hutch Cancer Research Centre in Seattle, USA. The trial, uses CAR-T immunotherapy. Read more about this below, but what is important is that these trials at The Hutch have seen fantastic results. Patients with the same cancer as Dodge’s have gone into remission!

    That Dodge has got onto this trial at this time, after enduring so much, is near miraculous. It is bright and hopeful. It is Dodge’s last, best shot at beating his disease.

    But time is now and the costs are high.

    He must be in Seattle in early August to begin procedures leading up to the trial. And he must find the money to cover the costs.

    Of course this money will help progress science and lead to a greater good, which is great. But this is about Dodge. It’s about beating his cancer. It’s about conversations with him long into the future knowing Dodge will be there, looking at you with those intent, blue eyes, cocking his head to one side and saying, “The thing is . . .”

    We are spreading the word of this fund widely, to strangers, to everyone who might know Dodge, or might have known him before. He is, after all, unforgettable.

    More about CAR-T therapy

    CAR-T involves extracting cells from the patient, modifying them and then reinserting them into the body so that the modified T cells begin to attack the cancer cells. This is considered far less invasive and destructive than chemotherapy.

    With more trials, advances in treatment and further understanding of CAR-T / immunotherapy will help future patients.

    Follow this link and watch a video in which Dr. Maloney, associate professor of medicine at the University of Washington, explains the CAR-T process. is CAR-T cell therapy the future of cancer treatment?

    And this diagram gives an idea of what is involved in the process.



    • Grant Davies medical fund1 year ago
      Grant Davies medical fund

      Grant Davies medical fund

      1 year ago

      I have just had the results of my 14 day post Car T tests and the cancer cells in my bone marrow have gone down significantly! These are provisional results and we’ll know more on Tuesday but the medical team is very pleased! For now we’ll take the good news on the chin just like we have the bad… we’ll bask in our good fortune and remember those who have been part of this journey, and we’ll also remember those whose battle is not going as well. My only wish is that Vics and Oscar could be here to share this with me. love from Seattle

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      The fabulous Ken checking Dodges vitals and today the sun shining in on this room.....

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    • Liora Lazarus

      Liora Lazarus

      Nov 12, 2018

      Sending love from Liora and Kim


    • Charles Bertram

      Charles Bertram

      Oct 26, 2018

      All the best Dodge !!!!!!! Thinking of you and the family


    • Rosalind Butler

      Rosalind Butler

      Oct 18, 2018

      Lots of love xxx


    • Fleur Bona

      Fleur Bona

      Oct 16, 2018

      Hi GrantSending lots of love and strength for your journeyLove Fleur


    • Zayd Halim

      Zayd Halim

      Oct 15, 2018


    • Anonymous


      Oct 12, 2018

      Our son Bruce has told us of your plight & our hearts go out to you for a speedy recovery


    • Kate Page

      Kate Page

      Oct 10, 2018


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