Mark was given three options for treatment. Option A; a type of chemotherapy that merely maintains Mark’s current health levels, rather than reduces the sarcoma. This treatment at best aims to buy the patient a few more months, but as far as we as concerned a few months aren't enough for all of us, especially Mark's two daughters who are just 6 and 3 years old. Option B – a new clinical trial, which has had really promising results in the USA. Mark has waited almost two months for this trial to open, only to be told there is no start date and the doctors have no idea when the trial will begin. He simply does not have the time to wait, especially with no certainty about if/when the trial may even start. Realistically, this only leaves him with “Option” C – a form of chemo called Abraxane. This drug is linked to another type of chemotherapy called paclitaxel, which is a known first line sarcoma treatment. However, Mark had an allergic reaction to paclitaxel so has not been able to receive it before.
Abraxane is formed in a way that prevents allergic reactions, enabling Mark to receive this really promising drug. However the anti-allergy element makes Abraxane expensive, and the NHS are refusing to fund Mark's treatment. The treatment costs £3000 per cycle. Mark will need 6 cycles in total, administered every three weeks. This is simply unaffordable for Mark and his wife, Megan, to do on their own.
I am hoping that this is where you, reader, come in.
Asking for any form of help, especially financial aid, is not something that comes naturally to Mark. So I am asking you on his behalf to help support them, by donating to fund the treatment he very much needs. His first cycle took place on Monday this week, thanks to his amazing in-laws. So with 5 more to go, our crowdfunding target is £15000 to cover these costs.
I am in awe of my big brother – his sheer resilience, his unfailing sense of humour, of how he and his wife manage their situation whilst maintaining some kind of normal family life for their girls, Seren and Gwen. I know that many of you feel the same as me.
Please, please help us to smash this target if you can.
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