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£9,776
raised of £20,000 target by 336 supporters

    Weʼve raised £9,776 to Funding Specialist Brain Tumour Treatment

    Funded on Thursday, 1st June 2023

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    Story

    Katie was diagnosed with an aggressive Grade 3 malignant meningioma in October 2014 at the age of 30. She underwent brain surgery at the St.Georges Hospital Specialist Neuro Centre (Atkinson Morley) London in November 2014 which left her paralysed and bed-bound for over a year. After her first brain surgery it was believed she would not live to see another year. Through the brilliant work of the NHS, St.Lukes Cancer Centre, her neurosurgeon, Mr Simon Stapleton and currently the Royal Marsden Cancer Centre - years of gruelling treatment for a further four tumours including radiotherapy and CyberKnife alongside her pure determination to live Katie, has exceeded our expectations. We have been fortunate to have her with us much longer than first anticipated, despite her terminal diagnoses. During Katie's illness she has manged to get married, lost 8 1/2 stone in weight resulting in winning the slimmer of the year in her local slimming club. The love and support of her husband Steven, her two dogs and cat (Harley, Molly and Socks) who she adores, plus her love of all things Christmas has kept Katie focused throughout her illness.

    Unfortunately Katie has now come to the point of her illness that she has been given months to live, she is just 37. However, there is a treatment, not a cure, currently unavailable on the NHS called Bevacizumab (Avastin).

    Bevacizumab targets a protein called vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) that helps cancer cells grow a new blood supply. Targeting VEGF reduces the supply of oxygen and nutrients so that the tumour shrinks or stops growing. Treatment needs to start as soon as possible to give Katie any chance of further life expectancy which is why this crowdfunding page has been set up as with help from family and friends Kate can continue her fight.

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    • Katie Symmons2 years ago
      Katie Symmons

      Katie Symmons

      2 years ago

      My latest scan results (28th March) has shown some shrinkage in one of the smaller tumors, which is good news. Unfortunately a new growth in the main tumor has appeared and the Royal Marsden are working out a plan of action over the next 2 weeks with a view to blasting it with further cyberknife chemo in conjunction with the non-funded NHS drug, Avastin. I will keep you updated on the plan, once confirmed and would appreciate your continued support.

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    • Katie Symmons2 years ago
      Katie Symmons

      Katie Symmons

      2 years ago

      The good news is one of my tumours has shrunk with the Avastin unfortunately the main tumour hasent quite received enough and has a small growth on it , they are putting together a plan to put me back on the avastin wich as you all no is privately funded , this treatment is the only chance to get this under control and hopefully I can be put on a bit longer course of this however once again I'm relieying on my crowd funding site and had hoped that this first course would have been enough, it's been posative but just need a longer course.

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    • Katie Symmons3 years ago
      Katie Symmons

      Katie Symmons

      3 years ago

      I'm so very pleased to announce that my final scan has shown no new growth and stable disease in short the chemotherapy that I have received has worked, I won't to thank each and everyone of you for all your support and kindness and generosity that you have shown as without you my treatment wouldn't of been possible. I will now go back to scans every 3 months and hope and pray that this treatment lasts a long time to come . My family and I can enjoy a great Christmas and New year with time to relax after a very long rollercoaster of a year.

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    3 years ago

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    336

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Apr 12, 2022

      You've done really well. Hope new treatment works again.

      £25.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Mar 30, 2022

      £30.00

    • Steven Robinson

      Steven Robinson

      Feb 12, 2022

      Look forward to many more dog walks together ! Love from Steve, Jackie & Bailey

      £50.00

    • anonymous

      anonymous

      Nov 19, 2021

      #fookcancer

      £15.00

    • Hugs Katie xx

      Hugs Katie xx

      Nov 13, 2021

      £100.00

    • Rich Kelleher and Niamh

      Rich Kelleher and Niamh

      Nov 4, 2021

      £50.00

    • Dan Howell

      Dan Howell

      Oct 28, 2021

      Katie, best of luck with treatment. Your story is very inspiring. D

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