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£30,480raised of £50,000 target by 126 supporters

    Weʼve raised £30,480 to help John Ireland fight against advanced bowel cancer

    Childrey, United Kingdom
    Funded on Friday, 25th May 2018

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    John’s rally and fight against advanced bowel cancer

    In April 2017, our good pal, life and soul to many, John Ireland, 47, husband and step father was diagnosed with Stage 4 advanced colon cancer (upper ascending colon) with metastases on liver, lymph and lungs. Of 26 liver segments, not one segment is free of cancer. John is continuing to fight and fight hard each day, and we are asking for help in this fight.

    His diagnosis was out the blue, waking up with heart burn on the 3rd April. After seeing Doctors, having tests, and an endoscopy, the news was confirmed on the 4th April.

    In a tough health and financial journey prior to and since diagnosis, John has needed to fund his treatment privately, at a personal cost of £13,000 per month. Due to the advanced nature of the cancer and drugs required, the NHS has not been able to provide the drug regime treatment in the timelines to try slowing the cancer. Thus John has had to personally pay for the treatment since April 2017. .

    An emergency bowel operation in September 2017 to attempt a resection wasn’t successful as the primary tumour was attached to the abdominal wall and couldn’t be removed, thus only a bypass could be performed and continuation of chemotherapy.

    John has found advanced drug therapy treatment in Heidelberg, Germany which if successful will give him an extension of life, and more time with his family.

    As a result of the expense of medication and operation in his fight for life, John has now had his last available treatment this January 2018, without funds to pay for more, having spent his entire savings on therapy. We’re asking for help to aid in the continuation of treatment in February and beyond to get to July 2018 as the immediate next step. We need to raise £50,000 (USD71k) to support this step.

    We’d be very grateful for your help in giving an extension of life to our pal. Any donations towards John's fight against cancer will be hugely valued, welcomed and loved.

    Thank you.

    Michael Joerin, Adam Vittozzi, Tim Till, Stephen Bennett.



    • Michael Joerin10 months ago
      Michael Joerin

      Michael Joerin

      10 months ago

      Update 5/5 From a treatment perspective, this means we essentially suspend the core chemo and move immediately to an immunotherapy route using Pembrolizumab. Based on the oncologist life prognosis, we are having to move very fast, and as this is an off licence immunotherapy treatment we are still needing to get to our financial target and probably more. On a positive note, I am still fighting hard every day (working as much as I can), and I thank everybody from the bottom of my heart for their help. John

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    • Michael Joerin10 months ago
      Michael Joerin

      Michael Joerin

      10 months ago

      Update 4/5 I have been diagnosed with Lynch Syndrome which means much of the chemo I have had over the last year, i.e. Avastin, my body has been resisting. The great work from Molecular Health’s team meant they have found a pathway. As my tumour has a MSH6 mutation, the pathway is to use an immunotherapy treatment called Pembrolizumab, which stimulates my immune system to eat the tumour, I may have hope and the ability to extend life.

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    • Michael Joerin10 months ago
      Michael Joerin

      Michael Joerin

      10 months ago

      Update 3/5 On the CT scans at the end of January, there was no activity in the pelvic area at all, so this was yet another massive shock, set back and emotionally draining. The oncologist has discussed the life expectancy and it’s not great at all. What we did do, thanks to David Jackson at Molecular Health, was to get my tumorous DNA exome sequenced, as well as blood, so we could try find a pathway to attack if one existed, and try win this fight. This process was started in early February and this week we received the results.

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    • Hugo Elliott

      Hugo Elliott

      May 2, 2018

      I hope you get better very soon.


    • Anonymous


      Apr 27, 2018

    • Richard Wedmann

      Richard Wedmann

      Mar 21, 2018

      Keep fighting John!


    • Anonymous


      Mar 12, 2018

      Stay strong John!


    • R Mitchell

      R Mitchell

      Mar 6, 2018

      Thinking of you mate! You've never lost a fight so don't start now!


    • Mags (Connors) McMahon

      Mags (Connors) McMahon

      Feb 28, 2018

      Best wishes to John

    • Souheil Badran

      Souheil Badran

      Feb 24, 2018

      Keep fighting.


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