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£290raised of £500 target by 19 supporters

    Weʼve raised £290 to help fund treatment not available to colleague Vicky Trusch on the NHS. I am running the Asics Greater Manchester Marathon on 08.04.18.

    Manchester, UK
    Funded on Saturday, 12th May 2018

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    Please see Vicky's story below:
    I am a mum of two young children, Poppy (2) & Alfie (1). I was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma (OS), a type of bone cancer, on my rib, age 33 in Sept 17. It is a very aggressive rare cancer that often spreads to other parts of the body. It is believed the cancer cells have already spread in about 80% of patients at diagnosis but are so small they can’t be seen on scans. With a high recurrence rate, as time passes small cells that can’t be seen initially would eventually grow and be detected as a relapse.

    So far:
    - 10 weeks intensive chemo
- 22 Dec surgery to remove 3 ribs
- Just begun a further 18 weeks of chemo

    In 30 years the only medical advance for OS is the development & approved licence of the drug Mepact for 2-30 year olds - a targeted cancer drug boosting the immune system to kill cancer cells & prevent recurrence. In the trial there was an improvement in the number of patients alive & well 6 years after treatment compared to those who didn’t have Mepact. As OS primarily occurs in children & young adults, the trial only included people between 2-30 years.

    Approved by NICE in 2011, the NHS now offer Mepact as an additional drug to patients post-surgery within the trial age range. NICE recommended Mepact because more people are cured if they have Mepact as well as the standard chemo, with cost justified by benefits provided.

    As I was age 33 at diagnosis, NHS have declined funding for this additional drug. The cost to self-fund is £103,227. My Oncologist believes I would benefit from this treatment. If I were age 30 at diagnosis it would have been offered on the NHS.

    I have continued love & support from family & friends and remain positive. I aim to raise the funds required to be treated with this drug & improve my chances of survival and preventing relapse. With a young family, I hope for a long future to watch them grow. I would be forever grateful for help reaching this goal.



    • John  Higgins, Principal of Ash Hill Academy10 months ago
      John  Higgins, Principal of Ash Hill Academy

      John Higgins, Principal of Ash Hill Academy

      10 months ago

      I am pleased to say that along with private contributions, we have exceeded our target and raised £557.00 towards this great cause. Wishing Vicky a positive outcome for the future, with love from John Higgins and staff of Ash Hill Academy.

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    1 year ago

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    Page last updated on: 5/11/2018 11.28



    • Matt Wilkinson

      Matt Wilkinson

      Apr 24, 2018


    • Helen Green

      Helen Green

      Apr 9, 2018




      Apr 1, 2018


    • Carol O’Brien

      Carol O’Brien

      Mar 28, 2018

      Running for such a good cause. Good luck.


    • Karen Bromage

      Karen Bromage

      Mar 26, 2018

      Good luck John hope you beat your personal best time as well as raising money for a great cause x


    • Ian Hirst

      Ian Hirst

      Mar 21, 2018

      Go PapaJ x


    • Alison Powell

      Alison Powell

      Mar 20, 2018

      Good luck


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    John  Higgins, Principal of Ash Hill Academy

    John Higgins, Principal of Ash Hill Academy

    Manchester, UK

    I am running the 'Asics Greater Manchester Marathon' on Sunday 8th April 2018 to help raise money towards funding treatment not available to colleague Vicky Trusch on the NHS. All sponsorship will be greatly appreciated and go towards the ‘Vicky Trusch Beat Bone Cancer Fund’.

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