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£5,686
raised of £30,000 target by 151 supporters

    Weʼve raised £5,686 to fund life prolonging treatment to help us make more family memories.

    Manchester, UK
    Funded on Monday, 4th June 2018

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    Story

    The people in the cover photo are my whole world. My son, husband and daughter.

    My name is Melanie and I am asking for your help to raise the money for specialist treatment to prolong the life of my husband Mark.

    In October 2016 he was diagnosed with bowel cancer and given the news that it could be treated with chemotherapy but he had to undergo keyhole surgery beforehand. After this, on the 13th January 2017 Mark underwent his first round of chemotherapy. It took its toll on him for the first few days after having it, but this didn't stop Mark leading his life as normal. He still continued to work at his job as a Maintenance Manager, rarely having a day off. After having routine scans throughout the treatment to check on the progress of the cancer he was finally given the news the cancer had gone from his bowel. So after his last chemotherapy session, he was surrounded by myself and his children (Lauren & Aaron) as he rang the end of treatment bell. As it clearly states on the plaque 'Ring this bell three times well, its toll to clearly say, my treatment's done, this course is run and I am on my way!'.

    Or so thats what we thought.

    After a routine scan a few weeks later, it revealed Mark had a lump about the size of a 50p on his liver. there it was again, the cancer had now spread, and a further scan revealed there were several more tumours. It hit the family hard knowing Mark would have to go through the treatment process once again. Fast forward to September 2017 and the chemotherapy started again. However, this time around it was different. In November Mark picked up an infection and was taken to hospital by ambulance, he was admitted for several days being given antibiotics through a drip. Mark went on to endure another 4 infections from November to the beginning of March 2018 during which time he wasn't given any chemotherapy. He also had a blockage which meant he had to undergo surgery to insert stents into his bile duct to help release the deadly toxins building up in his liver.

    Then came the devastating news on Tuesday 20th March 2018 that the Doctors could do no more for Mark, he wasn't going to get any better, he was classed now as being terminally ill.

    He has been given up to 3 months to live at just 45....

    I don't usually like to ask for help, however, the treatment for Mark is very expensive and as a family we cannot afford to fund it ourselves.

    Thats where the help from you all comes in. We have found a specialist organisation which offers testing that identifies drugs that can specifically target his cancer without damaging healthy cells therefore prolonging Marks life expectancy.

    I am becoming increasingly desperate to gain extra time for Mark to enable us all to be together as a family for as long as we can. Our whole family have gone through this emotional journey alongside Mark, providing support and strength to each other and we are not ready to give in to cancer.

    I just want to say thank you for taking the time to read this post. We are all guilty of not appreciating the time we have with somebody until it becomes to late. So, PLEASE if you can donate any money to fund this treatment, we will as a family be eternally grateful.

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    • Melanie Tesz4 years ago
      Melanie Tesz

      Melanie Tesz

      4 years ago

      I am really sorry to have to update you with the news that Mark sadly passed away on 22nd May 2018. As you can appreciate, it was a time too soon but we do want to thank everybody who has helped us in their own ways. Thankyou x

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    • Melanie Tesz4 years ago
      Melanie Tesz

      Melanie Tesz

      4 years ago

      The main doctor was not in so his registrar read the report & from looking at the list of options available, she said Christies only have trials in stage 1 & we need them to preferably be 3 & above to be getting the best outlook🤞🏼 The doctor is back in clinic tomorrow morning & the report will be shown to him. They will get back to us no later than Thursday afternoon with there outcome, if we are not happy with the outcome we will get back in touch with the original clinic who will then point us in the right direction. Looking positive🙏🏼

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    • Melanie Tesz4 years ago
      Melanie Tesz

      Melanie Tesz

      4 years ago

      The latest update everybody has been waiting for! The report from the clinic finally arrived on Monday (48 pages long)🙈. It lists all of the treatments available with the stage they are being trialled at on a scale of 1 to 5. There has been treatment identified to work with Marks tumour!🤞🏼Clinics at where this treatment is available is literally worldwide. The clinic advised us to take this report to our oncologist at Christies to see if there was anything from the report they could provide for us, so yesterday that is what we did.

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    151

    • Sharon Downes

      Sharon Downes

      Jun 1, 2018

      Stay strong. I did the same thing for my brother. Find strength in others and let them support you xx

      £10.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      May 4, 2018

      £50.00

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      Anonymous

      May 3, 2018

      £10.00

    • Hazel Mayers

      Hazel Mayers

      May 3, 2018

      Thinking of you all, hope you reach your target.

      £10.00

    • Derek Hartley

      Derek Hartley

      Apr 28, 2018

      I lost my Mam to Bowel cancer 32 years ago and I still miss her. Hope this helps and you get the treatment you need. Thinking of you all. Take care xx

      £10.00

    • Melanie Carswell

      Melanie Carswell

      Apr 28, 2018

      £10.00

    • Rory Evitt

      Rory Evitt

      Apr 28, 2018

      Funds raised from my cake raffle I really hope this helps towards your target xx

      £295.00

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