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Weʼre raising £500,000 to Save Zac Oliver's life. Get him to Philadelphia and have a chance at life.

Broseley, UK

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This is an incredible story about community spirit and resilience. There is a price on Zac's life and his parents needed to raise £500,000 in less than 2 months. With the help of thousands and thousands of people they have raised £430,000 to date and just need the last bit to get them there.

Zachariah Oliver is a very brave, very sick 4 year old boy.

He was diagnosed in May 2018 with leukaemia, sadly it is a particularly rare and life threatening form – in fact he is the only child in the UK at the moment with near haploid leukaemia. He is on his third cycle of chemotherapy but although it is currently keeping him alive, it will almost certainly not cure him. The next cycle is due to begin in the second week of November which involves a particularly toxic chemical that is likely to lead to his general health deteriorating, stressing his vital organs and reducing the chances of any other treatment being successful. Hence there is such a tight time line to raise this money.

Zac’s parents have put in hours of research and studied medical papers and journals and protocols. They have spoken to professors, and oncologists, scientists and clinical directors. They now know that there is a life saving treatment with about an 80% chance of success available for their son – but he needs to have it whilst his little body is still strong enough to take the shock and deal with the battle that needs to be fought against the cancer cells within him.

Car T treatment has been used successfully in the USA for 5 years and has now been licenced for use in the UK, but even though it has been licenced, the UK is not ready to deliver the treatment here. Every effort is being made to see if something could not be done to accelerate the preparations and for the UK to accept Zac as a patient here, but it is not looking likely that it will be possible within his timescales. The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia have offered him a place, they need just 4 days notice and the treatment can begin.

However there is an enormous cost - $1,250,000 was the original quote which was subsequently generously reduced to half $625,000 or about £469,000 – this is just the hospital costs and they all have to be paid up front. There will also be flights and costs of living etc. But what would you do for the love of a child? They are not leaving a stone unturned. Nothing is impossible and the power of people coming together to make something happen is extraordinary.

Zac needs to be on a plane in early November really – but in the last six weeks his friends and family have raised almost £430,000. It seemed like an impossible mountain to climb, but the summit is in sight, please help them to reach it and save Zac’s life.

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  • Mark Garbett14 hrs ago
    Mark Garbett

    Mark Garbett

    14 hrs ago

    £430,000 as at 16th October which is absolutely amazing and thank you to everyone who is making our trip to America for life saving treatment look like a reality. Just the last push to go to get to £500,000

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  • Mark Garbett22 days ago
    Mark Garbett

    Mark Garbett

    22 days ago

    UPDATE We have other funding sites off others, we have a further £54,899.69 in other places now to be banked in his new Trust Fund, So if you would like to write Cheques they can now be made out to Zacs Brave Battle, and sent to Willey Estate Office, Willey, Broseley, TF12 5JJ. We have confirmed that we have in to date £105,045.69 with money still due to come in. We cant thank you all enough for your support, we will soon be there and Getting him off to America.

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  • Mark Garbett1 month ago
    Mark Garbett

    Mark Garbett

    1 month ago

    HI All We cant thank you enough for all supporting us in our time of desperation. As things move on we need to be conscious we are doing the right thing by everybody, so we are in the process of setting up a trust fund with independent people. this should be set up in about 3 weeks, and the money will be moved into there.

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Page last updated on: 10/17/2018 12:35 PM

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  • Elaine Bowen

    Elaine Bowen

    Oct 17, 2018

    Wishing Zac all the luck in the world! From all at Bowline Utilities Ltd (Luke Thomas' employer)

    £250.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Oct 17, 2018

    £50.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Oct 17, 2018

    £2.00

  • Holly McCarthy

    Holly McCarthy

    Oct 17, 2018

    Bradeney House £1 raffle

    £32.00

  • stephen sampson

    stephen sampson

    Oct 17, 2018

    Our youngest daughter battled through and beat leukaemia too. Good luck little man and god bless you.

    £20.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Oct 17, 2018

    Good luck Zac

    £20.00

  • Patricia Greene

    Patricia Greene

    Oct 17, 2018

    Keep Smiling and be positive. Wishing you all the very best

    £5.00

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