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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 Garbett1 month ago
    Mark Garbett

    Mark Garbett

    1 month ago

    We have raised over £500,000 now! which is more than we ever dreamed possible and we are focusing on sorting visas and tickets for Zac to go to USA and get this treatment. We can’t thank everyone enough. The fundraising is taking a slightly different turn from now as we have met the target but realise all sorts of things could go wrong along the way and the trustees of “zac’s Brave battle” are trying to quantify a sensible contingency for us. We will update again soon but Zac’s journey is just beginning

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  • Mark Garbett1 month ago
    Mark Garbett

    Mark Garbett

    1 month 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 Garbett2 months ago
    Mark Garbett

    Mark Garbett

    2 months 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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Page last updated on: 11/14/2018 9:41 PM

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5503

  • Christ Church School

    Christ Church School

    Nov 14, 2018

    £43.00

  • Gillian Putman

    Gillian Putman

    Nov 14, 2018

    Raised from football card

    £40.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Nov 14, 2018

    £300.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Nov 14, 2018

    £150.00

  • Jonathan & Donna McCrossan

    Jonathan & Donna McCrossan

    Nov 13, 2018

    Proceeds from Holly's Rock & Pop Quiz 2018, hosted and organised by Dean Boden with the support from the village of Highley! Wishing you all the very best Zac & family xx

    £432.00

  • Kirsty

    Kirsty

    Nov 13, 2018

    Goodluck

    £10.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Nov 13, 2018

    Good luck x

    £50.00

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