***UPDATE WE REACHED OUR £40,000 TARGET IN ONE JUST WEEK!!!***
PLEASE WATCH THE VIDEO & READ TO THE BOTTOM to see what we are doing next & why we are now raising an additional £30,000 to support 3 FAMILIES WITH BLOOD CANCER via The Willow Tree Foundation (www,thewillowtreefoundation.com)
WHAT THE FUNDRAISER INITIALLY FOCUSED ON:
On the 7th December 2021 my world was turned upside down when I was diagnosed with Stage 4B Mantle Cell Lymphoma, one of the rarest forms of Lymphoma and the hardest to treat, as it typically returns after going into remission. My treatment started 3 days later, as they said that it was aggressive and has already spread to my gut & I would be dead within a few months without chemotherapy.
We don't know how many cycles of chemotherapy I will need, but it will be a minimum of 4 cycles.
WHERE THE FUNDRAISER IS FOCUSED NOW:
In under a week we were blown away to have raised over £40,000 from friends, family, colleagues, clients and complete strangers! Along with being overwhelmed with messages of love, support & healing. Now we want to help others who aren't in such a fortunate position of support as us, which is why the fundraising campaign has shifted gear into something much bigger than just funding my own treatment…
Macmillan research says that having cancer costs a family, on average, an additional £570 a month. Now, as I wasn’t going to be able to work, my wife got a second job to pay the bills & our family gave us money to help us pay the mortgage for the next 6-9 months whilst I would be having treatment. But many families are isolated on this journey & simply don’t have access to this type of support.
That’s why myself & Kelly, decided to set up 'The Willow Tree Foundation' to support other families who have blood cancer. Whilst many organisations like Macmillan offer financial support to people on low income – there isn’t financial support for those who are just above this income threshold, like we are. So, this foundation will not only offer financial support to those families but also the love & support of standing shoulder to shoulder with another human through their brutal journey. Taking the role of fellow travellers.
We are in the process of setting up The Willow Tree Foundation as an official charity and our website/Facebook community is nearly ready! So, we are holding the additional money in trust until this is set up and we will publicise and update you on the families who receive the funding.
Our request is now twofold;
i) For donations to this fundraiser to continue, so that we can support these additional families. We will be gifting 3 families currently living with with blood cancer, £10,000 each.
ii) To find our first 2 families to support and to go on this journey with...
The families we are looking for would:
- Be a family with a child/children living in the UK, where one member is currently being treated for a type of Blood Cancer
- Currently have an income which is NOT low enough to qualify for benefits, but they do not have the income, health insurance or savings to support them through their treatment duration
- Be willing to have their story & journey publicised to help raise future funds for other families
- Be willing to be in regular contact with myself & my family to share support, resources & experiences.
To apply to be one of these families please join our Facebook Group www.facebook.com/groups/thewillowtreefoundation and upload a video introducing you and your family and why you would like to be one of our first families that we walk alongside and support.
To learn more about the foundation please visit our website www.thewillowtreefoundation.com
To request any further information or for PR, please email Kelly at stellarspeakers dot com