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Steven Mcdonald

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raised of £1,000 target by 55 supporters

Weʼre raising £1,000 to Charlie Ilsley’s cancer treatment

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This will be by far my hardest challenge I have ever done, running two back to back marathons in under 10 hours. I aimed to train for 6 months however time is not on Charlie‘s side. He is an incredibly inspirational young man and is fighting this terrible disease for the 3rd time. This round of treatment really is his and his Family last shot please dig deep and help if you can. You can donate directly to Charlies page or to this page, I have set up this page as my employers will match anything I raise.


Charlie is just 13 years old and no one at such a young age should be going through what he's had to endure. Life, as some of us know, just isn't fair.

After being given the all clear after he was diagnosed with a brain tumour called a Medulloblastoma in 2013 when Charlie was just 8 years old, his cancer returned to his spine in November 2019 and he was given weeks to live. It was news that almost destroyed Charlie's family. They along with so many people just couldn't believe it.

He received urgent treatment in Germany before flying home to continue his fight. Earlier this year he was fitted with a reservoir under his scalp to enable chemo to be administered directly to his spine. Mercifully this method involved no horrendous side effects normally associated with this drug.

Devastatingly for Charlie and his beloved family, his scan in March revealed that the treatment wasn't working. The cancer had actually spread to other areas on his spine. The treatment was stopped and the NHS said there was nothing more they could do for him.

Charlie has been self-isolating with mum Toni at home and with other potential options off the table owing to the global spread of COVID-19, Toni became more determined that she wasn't going to just watch her lovely boy deteriorate and die, particularly when he's actually doing so well. In the past few weeks he's been enjoying life in the garden and welcomed new canine playmate Ernie. While Charlie is well it's impossible to accept that there is simply nothing she can do as he continues to defy doctors. As any other mother would do, she's never stopped fighting for her son and she believes now is not the time to simply give in.

There is hope with CAR-T Cell Therapy treatment in Mexico. A lawyer can also assist the family with flying there at a time when access is very limited owing to COVID-19, which is a huge relief for them.

This is all unfolding fast, but to get Charlie to Mexico we're raising funds for him ASAP. The treatment will cost £25,000 including accommodation & living expenses, £16,000 of which we've already raised. Somehow we need to raise another £9,000, but we can do this!!! We're never giving up on Charlie, so we'll do whatever it takes to reach our goal and get him there.

As anyone who is close to Charlie or the hundreds of supporters who have followed his story on Facebook know, he's one in a million. He's approached every hurdle thrown at him in his young life the same way as he deals with life in general: with great humour, resilience and courage. He's quite simply incredible.

Everyone loves Charlie. We're keeping him so go and do one, cancer!

PLEASE give whatever you can, RE-TWEET & SHARE, spread the word, help us however you can with this fundraiser and not least of all, THANKYOU from the bottom of our hearts for your support.

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    • Anonymous


      Oct 18, 2020

      Good luck Adam and Linda


    • Bhuvana


      Oct 18, 2020

      Good luck to you Charlie for the treatment - fingers crossed for you and well done Steven - good luck for your ultra!


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      Oct 17, 2020


    • Gary P

      Gary P

      Oct 15, 2020

      Best wishes


    • Anonymous


      Oct 15, 2020


    • Beerman


      Oct 14, 2020

      Good luck, chap.


    • newT120


      Oct 14, 2020

      Best of luck Steve.


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    Dorney Lake

    I will be running 52.4 miles on 21st November around Dorney lake to raise money for an incredible young man Charlie Ilsley. His family aims to raise £50,000 for life saving treatment.

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