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Claire Brown

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£11,723
raised of £25,000 target by 410 supporters

Weʼre raising £25,000 to pay for Charlie's life-saving CAR-T Cell therapy to fight cancer

Emmer Green, Reading

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**FUNDRAISING APPEAL**

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.

Let's do this for Charlie!

With gratitude and love as always,

Claire (on behalf of Charlie's family) xx

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  • Claire Brown9 days ago
    Claire Brown

    Claire Brown

    9 days ago

    Charlie's flying back to Mexico on 5th Aug for his follow-up scan. He’s doing fab. Couple of snags: mum Toni’s is v. poorly with a parasitic illness since the 1st trip. Her own fundraising plans have ceased as she fights to recover. Covid means a stop over in Spain now due to no direct flights, wiping out all the £4k initially required to cover EVERYTHING. We’re fighting against time to raise another £2k. Your support's been mind-blowing. Pls keep sharing & if you've a spare £, then we’re eternally grateful. Thanks. Always. Team Charlie X

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  • Claire Brown1 month ago
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    Claire Brown

    1 month ago

    Today in Mexico Charlie was told his cancer hasn't spread. 4 mths ago the NHS said there was nothing more they could do. The tumour in his spine doesn't appear solid; part of it is inflammatory. There's fluid around the tumour which is immunotherapy starting to work. Toni cried when she heard this. Charlie returns on the 5th Aug for his follow-up scan. Costs for this (inc. flights etc) are £4,000. THIS IS WORKING. PLEASE give whatever you can & keep sharing. Thank you, as ever. Without you, this is impossible. Team Charlie X ❤️

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  • Claire Brown2 months ago
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    2 months ago

    UPDATE: TODAY 17th June is the day! Charlie is packed and off to Mexico . . . . we have another £2,500 to raise for daily medical treatment while he is there but we have raised the £20,500 needed for his main hospital bill, thanks to all of you amazing, wonderful people. We will get there! Please keep sharing his JustGiving link and keep him in your thoughts over the next few weeks . . . we will be keeping you updated. As ever, THANK YOU x A MILLION Love Team Charlie ❤️

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410

  • Maria, Kevin and Skylar

    Maria, Kevin and Skylar

    Aug 5, 2020

    Fingers crossed, Charlie! Much love to you xx

    £20.00

  • Jo Harris

    Jo Harris

    Aug 5, 2020

    Rooting for you Charlie x

    £10.00

  • Jayne Bishop

    Jayne Bishop

    Aug 3, 2020

    Good luck precious lad...we are all routing for you darling ♥ ❤ 😘 get well Toni and keep strong.....Charlie you can beat this brave boy x x x lots of love darling xxxxx

    £20.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Aug 3, 2020

    lots of love

    £100.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Aug 2, 2020

    £50.00

  • Colin

    Colin

    Jul 28, 2020

    Enjoy your diversions Charlie next month when you go to Mexico.And fingers crossed you are all clear.All the best.

    £10.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Jul 27, 2020

    Good Luck I hope it all works out. Charlie sounds like a fantastic boy.....

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Claire Brown

Claire Brown

Emmer Green, Reading

Dedicated fundraiser for Charlie after seeing him on Channel 4 as part of its Stand Up To Cancer Campaign in March 2019.

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