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£1,230
raised of £40,000 target by 56 supporters

Weʼre raising £40,000 to A Paramedic who's GP refused to see or refer for 8 months, now diagnosed terminal lung cancer. I wish to help others like me.

Stoke on Trent

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Hi - my name is Steve McGregor, I am 48 years old, I am a Paramedic and I used to work in Medical Research for Cancer Research UK. I have never asked for anything in my life, I have never asked anybody for one moment of help in my life.

I originally started this page to both support my family after my death and to help others. I have now been able to secure a small amount of money to help my family by cashing in my pension early. This is not a much money at all, but hopefully it is enough to make the mortgage manageable after my death. So I am now raising funds purely to help others.

I originally resigned from West Midlands Ambulance Service in December 2019 so that I could undertake further education, I hoped that this education would enable me to better help my patients in their time of need.

Unfortunately things did not go well because of the pandemic and I was not able to continue the education which had cost me so much to pursue, including my life insurance, job, NHS Pension and my NHS Death in Service Payment.

After developing a breathing problem in early 2020 I struggled and pleaded to see my GP from March 2020 until November 2020. He refused to see me or refer me for 8 months despite making 20 phone calls to the surgery and despite my expertise as a Paramedic and Cancer Researcher.

I only obtained an appointment and reluctant referral after I sent a letter highlighting his legal liabilities.

I have now been diagnosed with an inoperable lung cancer, I have never smoked and have been fit and well, I am only 48 years old.

I had been pleading for referral for 8 months and this is likely extremely detrimental to outcome. The Cancer would likely have been curable when I began pleading for referral in March 2020.

I asked my GP for referral numerous times between March and October 2020 and he refused.

I attended accident and emergency who referred me back to my GP.

I sent two e-mails to Stoke Hospital requesting help and assessment.

What more could I do?? NHS Paramedics are not paid enough to afford private healthcare.

I have spent my life trying to help others, both as a Medical Researcher and a Paramedic. I have been let down in my hour of need by inadequate NHS Services.

I am now not able to return to service as a Paramedic because I am deemed not fit for duty.

I want to raise enough money to help my wife establish a Foundation to support others in a similar situation. To be able to offer more support to people in need will give my wife, and my death, a purpose.

There are always people in a worse position and in many ways I have been lucky, but I can say that I have never had great luck in life and here we go yet again.

I will be spending my final days fighting to get this story publicized so that nobody else has to suffer such poor GP and NHS services, these type of actions are costing lives. They have cost me my life at 48 years old. Our hope is that a Foundation will support this fight for others.

I pledge that the funds raised will only be used to establish a Foundation to help others. Should funds not be sufficient to establish a Foundation then all remaining funds will go to Cancer Research and Patient Support Charities.

I have not given up hope and I intend to fight the disease and so in the seemingly unlikely event that I become a miracle cure, all funds will be used to either form a Foundation or support cancer research and patient support charities, as funds permit. My wife has completed several half marathons in support of CRUK, Dougie Mac, McMillan and others in recent years.

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  • Stephen McGregor5 months ago
    Stephen McGregor

    Stephen McGregor

    5 months ago

    I have applied for early Pension lump sum, this will not be very much at all and much less than the outstanding mortgage. However we hope it will be adequate to allow my wife to 'stay afloat' after my death. So I have altered the JustGiving request to reflect this, all funds are now destined to help others.

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  • Stephen McGregor5 months ago
    Stephen McGregor

    Stephen McGregor

    5 months ago

    I attended the Christie for CT on the 17.04.21. The results have shown that the tumour mass has continued to reduce. This is good news and we are hopeful, unfortunately it does not seem likely to continue. Most people relapse in about 2-3 years, some in 1 year.

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  • Stephen McGregor7 months ago
    Stephen McGregor

    Stephen McGregor

    7 months ago

    I had a teleconference with Prof Blackhall at Christies, which was beneficial. My next CT is late April at this stage. Prof Blackhall may arrange an earlier scan at Christies.

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11 months ago

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Page last updated on: 5/12/2021 12.15

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56

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Mar 24, 2021

    £20.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Jan 19, 2021

    Hi Stephenplease accept this small gift in support of you and your family

    £40.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Jan 19, 2021

    £10.00

  • Louise & Andy W-K

    Louise & Andy W-K

    Jan 19, 2021

    Our wedding gift to both of you 💕💕💕

    £20.00

  • Emma

    Emma

    Jan 19, 2021

    A wedding gift 💕

    £10.00

  • Kirsty

    Kirsty

    Jan 13, 2021

    Thinking of you and Pam

  • Adele

    Adele

    Dec 31, 2020

    So sorry to hear of your situation,may the love of your family and friends give you the strength to continue this campaign.

    £10.00

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Stoke on Trent

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