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£16,090raised of £15,000 target by 319 supporters

Weʼre raising £15,000 to help pay for immunotherapy.

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My husband, John, is 48 years old and he has stomach cancer. His journey has not been a smooth one with multiple hospital admissions. Unfortunately we have recently been given the devastating news that the chemotherapy has not worked. As he has had a major reaction (heart attack and stroke) to the 2 types of chemotherapy available for gastric cancer the NHS are unable to offer any further treatment.

We were told that there was 1 other treatment that could be explored - immunotherapy using the drug Nivolumab, which is not currently available on the NHS but is the first line treatment in Canada and America.

John's oncologist did appeal to the local health board asking for special consideration for the drug to be given to John by the NHS, unfortunately this was not approved due to the drug not being licensed yet in the UK for gastric cancer.

The drug is available privately. This is now our only option to help give John more time at home with me and our two young sons.

The cost for treatment is £5,600 per cycle, which is every two weeks. This is not including the cost of doctors visits. As a family we have managed to raise around half of the £33,600 needed to provide John with the initial 3 months of treatments, we urgently need help to fund the rest.

Any support you could provide would mean the world to our family.

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank all of the NHS staff, particularly those at the Beatson, who have taken the best possible care of John since his diagnosis, and who also wish for him to receive this treatment.

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  • Karene McGowan2 months ago
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    Karene McGowan

    2 months ago

    Thank you doesn't seem big enough! We have received more offline donations from close family & friends. The Senit Foundation, Greenock donated £500! Greenock Telegraph and Largs and Millport covered Johns story this week, they approached his story with sensitivity and respect, thank you. We need to keep fundraising as this is lifelong treatment. If Greater Glasgow & Clyde Health Board don't agree to take over treatment when we reapply after the 3 months (mid November) we will need to keep paying privately.

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  • Karene McGowan3 months ago
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    Karene McGowan

    3 months ago

    Family and friends are busy organising fundraising events behind the scene. - Tomorrow, Robert, John's friend is running the great Scottish run. - There is a charity disco being organised by John's friends for 9th November. - Gaynor, our neice is arranging a raffle to raise money. - Jason, my brother is organising a charity boxing match. -Terry, John's cousin will be doing sobor for October. Lastly, none of this treatment would be possible without all the kind donations from everyone. Heartfelt thank you. ❤

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  • Karene McGowan3 months ago
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    Karene McGowan

    3 months ago

    Wow!!! 3 days since setting this page up and over £6000 raised already. We are totally overwhelmed by generosity of family, friends, friends of friends and even people we don't know. Words cannot express the thanks and gratitude we feel. As well as online donations we also have been receiving offline donations from family and friends . This is sitting at £17,750. TOTAL OF £23,750.

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3 months ago

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Page last updated on: 11/26/2018 8:49 PM



  • Keith Clark

    Keith Clark

    Nov 26, 2018

    Hope all goes well for you and your family. Thinking of you all


  • Gillian Boyd

    Gillian Boyd

    Nov 10, 2018

    Wishing you get the treatment John needs and deserves. Keep fighting! Love to you all. X


  • Anonymous


    Nov 7, 2018

    Stay strong and good luck.


  • Denise &  John Stanton

    Denise & John Stanton

    Nov 7, 2018

    Good luck and best wishes for the future x x


  • Nicholas McGhee

    Nicholas McGhee

    Nov 6, 2018


  • Lauren Mackie

    Lauren Mackie

    Oct 31, 2018


  • TechDave


    Oct 28, 2018

    Kind wishes to all the family.


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