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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 McGowan17 days ago
    Karene McGowan

    Karene McGowan

    17 days 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 McGowan17 days ago
    Karene McGowan

    Karene McGowan

    17 days 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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Page last updated on: 10/16/2018 9:34 PM

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265

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Oct 16, 2018

    £20.00

  • Jim Mc millan

    Jim Mc millan

    Oct 16, 2018

    Best wishes John. 👍

    £20.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Oct 15, 2018

    £100.00

  • Gary Beaton

    Gary Beaton

    Oct 15, 2018

    John, sorry to hear that you are sick. Wish you the best xxx

    £100.00

  • Jenna Gillespie

    Jenna Gillespie

    Oct 15, 2018

    from Catherine, Mark, Simon and kids xx

    £200.00

  • john clokey

    john clokey

    Oct 15, 2018

    Know this journey and wishing you well...medicine is moving so fast that anything is possible...

    £100.00

  • Brian Syme

    Brian Syme

    Oct 14, 2018

    With love, hope and 🙏

    £100.00

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