Weʼre raising £90,000 to help Spencer McCall fund life saving cancer treatment
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In February 2019, I was given the most devastating news, after months of believing a football injury was a stress fracture I was told that my leg pain was actually a rare bone cancer called Ewing's Sarcoma. By time of diagnosis my tumour was 7cm in size and I immediately put my life on hold and started chemotherapy.
I was given 14 cycles of chemotherapy between February and September 2019 which was intense. I spent 8 months enduring the gruelling side effects and underwent 3 major surgeries in a bid to rid my disease. In September 2019 I finished chemo and was given the all clear. Allowing me to put full focus on the reconstruction of my leg.
Two weeks after my 25th birthday, after striving to getting my life back on track, my life came crashing down for a second time. In February 2020, a routine scan showed that my cancer had spread to my lungs and there were multiple tumours in both lungs. Despite the news, I was given confidence by my oncology team who got me started with chemotherapy again, this time the drugs would be targeting the lungs.
Unfortunately after 5 extremely demanding cycles including two different chemotherapy drugs, scans had confirmed that my disease is still progressing aggressively.
In June this year I was given the heartbreaking news that the traditional chemotherapy protocol wasn't stabilising my disease. In the UK there is no alternative treatments that can be offered to me other than chemotherapy and continuing with this offers a poor outlook and unfortunately disease free status would not be achieved. Chatting to experts within the UK including my oncologist, who's been with me from the start, they have recommended specialists within this field, who offer innovative treatments available abroad that are not yet available in the UK.
Specialists outside the UK have come together and formed an individualised treatment plan for me that would offer me a better outcome. The NHS have been absolutely amazing in many ways and will continue to support me and my decision to seek alternative therapies abroad. Even with the most recent appointment with my oncologist, she was moving treatments and scans here in the UK around to accommodate the European team.
The promising new treatment plan includes the innovative radiotherapy, Cyberknife and Immunotherapy in two German Clinics and Dendritic Cell Therapy in Spain. We have been advised by our new medical team that undertaking these new treatments in a particular order and in inconjuction with each other that they enhance the success rate and increase my chance of battling my disease.
We have also been advised to begin a regime of non-toxic supplements and medications which we've began already. This is already amounting to a cost of £1,500 per month.
The costs so far include approx £29k Cyberknife, £22k for Immunotherapy, £28k for Dendritic Cell Therapy in addition to the £1,500 per month supplement plan for the foreseeable future.
This has undoubtably been a very tough and challenging period of my life over the last two years. Having done everything that has been thrown at me by my doctors I was looking forward to getting my life back on track! I couldn't wait to get back to playing football. My spirit remains high and I am not willing to lie down and accept defeat.
I appreciate that not everyone is in a position to donate, particularly with challenging financial times but there may be other ways you can help me, for example sharing my story may attract the attention of any further help that can be offered. Thank you to everyone in advance.
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- 6 months ago
Spencer McCall6 months ago
On Saturday 18th July, Spencer's ex teammate and good friend Kyle Connolly, along with his lovely wife Demi and brother Gary will be taking on the National Three Peaks Challenge to support Spencer by raising as much money as possible to go towards funding his life saving treatment. The trio will take on 21.5 miles of climbing in the 24 hour period between 6am on Sunday and 6am Monday 20th July. Donations are to be made directly to Spencer's crowdfunding page if possible. No amount is too small. Thank you so much. xxx
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Nov 28, 2020
Wishing you the very best of luck at such a difficult time.
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Nov 8, 2020
Good luck & bestest wishes. Donations given by residents of Ganders Ash Firework display 💛
Nov 6, 2020
Wishing you all the best!
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Oct 4, 2020
All money raised (minus the fees) on the skydive JustGiving page from Millie, Anita, Darren, Zoey and Shan xxxxx
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