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£96,804
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    Weʼve raised £96,804 to help 3 year old Zac beat brain cancer.

    Newcastle Upon Tyne
    Funded on Tuesday, 3rd May 2022

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    Everyone meet Zachary. He lives in Newcastle with his Mum, Dad and 1 year old brother Joseph.

    Up until recently he was a typical cheeky three year old, who loved to have fun and adores dinosaurs. Sadly around his third birthday, in November last year this all changed. His parents noticed that his speech had become a little slurry. First only for a few minutes, and at the time it was put down to tiredness. But as the weeks went on, it became apparent that there were long stretches of time where his parents struggled to understand what he was saying. They realised something wasn’t right, and after a phone call with the doctor they took him straight to their local A&E department in Newcastle.

    An emergency MRI scan was performed and the devastating news was delivered the week before Christmas that Zac had a brain tumour. He was diagnosed with an incredibly rare and aggressive tumour known as an “embryonal tumour with multilayered rosettes”. Sadly only 1 in 4 survive this rare and extremely aggressive type of cancer, so the odds are against him. Understandably this has turned the whole family’s world upside down.

    Zac has successfully undergone neurosurgery to remove the tumour, and made an incredible recovery, but there’s a high chance it could return in the coming weeks. As a result, he’s about to commence multiple rounds of chemotherapy at the RVI in Newcastle. It’s a very intense course of treatment, but the oncology team are acting fast for the best chance of defeating this. Following chemo, the next step is radiotherapy, the most effective being “Proton Beam” radiotherapy, which is not guaranteed on the NHS.

    It’s a very long and uncertain road ahead for Zac and his family, and as their friends, we would like to raise funds to ensure that finances do not become a barrier to Zac’s recovery. All funds raised will go directly to the family, to pay for any required medical treatments not funded by the NHS, as well as the colossal indirect costs associated with supporting Zac through his time in hospital.

    We would appreciate if anyone can take the time to share this link or donate to help this wonderful family.

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    • Rebecca  Patterson2 months ago
      Rebecca  Patterson

      Rebecca Patterson

      2 months ago

      (Continued …) It also puts us into a limbo period where we watch and wait as unfortunately the majority of children with ETMR will relapse within 12 months of diagnosis. So in the meantime we try to remain positive, enjoy the good times, be present in the moment and make memories together. We will look back on our time in Germany as a positive one and be thankful for the time we’ve been able to spend as a family. We want to thank everyone again for all of your, love, support and generosity. We appreciate it more than you can know.

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    • Rebecca  Patterson2 months ago
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      Rebecca Patterson

      2 months ago

      An update from Zacs mum, Camille. After 2 months and 31 general anaesthetics and radiotherapy sessions, Zac got to ring the bell today to mark the end of his treatment in Germany. It is with mixed emotions that we prepare to head back home. We are incredibly proud and grateful for everything that he has overcome over the past few months and very excited to to see family, friends and Bea!

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    • Rebecca  Patterson3 months ago
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      Rebecca Patterson

      3 months ago

      Just a little update. Zac is halfway through his radiotherapy and doing well. Physically he’s a lot stronger now and has regained a lot of the weight he lost during chemo. He has taken everything in his stride and looks forward to his “magic sleeps” during the day. His parents are so grateful for everyone’s continued love and support.

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    • Julia, Liv and Stig

      Julia, Liv and Stig

      May 4, 2022

      Get well soon!

      £50.00

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      Najibah and Akbar

      May 3, 2022

      Lots of love and prayers xxx

      £100.00

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      May 3, 2022

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      Apr 28, 2022

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      Apr 20, 2022

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      Apr 10, 2022

      Auntie Rose Goddaughter, from Bromley Kent.

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