In August 2016, at just 28 years old, Aaron was diagnosed with a rare cancer called Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma, a soft tissue and bone cancer.
He was misdiagnosed repeatedly and by the time the cancer was detected behind his left cheek it had sadly already spread throughout his body. We were told the cancer is very rare, extremely aggressive and incurable at this late stage.
Aaron has already been through 15 months of gruelling treatment. He underwent one of the harshest chemotherapy regimes that exists, alongside months of radiotherapy. The side effects of this treatment were severe and led to many more weeks in the hospital. The treatment worked well and we had a brief period where there was very little cancer left at all. If Aaron had not responded so well to this treatment it is highly unlikely that he would still be with us today. Throughout all of this he maintained a positive attitude and never stopped making us and the nurses laugh.
Unfortunately this quiet spell did not last long. His cancer grew and spread almost as soon as he stopped the first chemotherapy, causing further painful and life threatening complications. A harsh reminder that this treatment isn't a long term solution for him. He is currently undergoing more chemotherapy which is working to keep the cancer stable at the moment but it makes his body very weak and he can't carry on like this for much longer.
Saving Aaron's life - hope for the future
We believe his only chance at long term survival is a treatment called immunotherapy that is not yet available on the NHS. Immunotherapy has proven to be very promising for Aaron’s type of cancer and we hope he can find success with this treatment, paving the way for others to obtain it in the UK in the future. Unfortunately this treatment is very costly and must be obtained privately.
We need to raise at least £300,000 to save Aarons life. It is for this reason we must ask for help in this stressful time. Any contribution made will be spent on treatment at a clinic in Germany that has been chosen as a result of many months of research and professional advice.
Although the doctors have told Aaron his cancer is terminal, we will never give up hope and strongly believe if he can get this treatment it will give him many more years with the people he loves.
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Aaron is such a special man to so many people, we are all behind him and are not willing to give up, if he needs a miracle then we will make a miracle happen. But we need your help to do it. We have already received so much support and we can't thank you enough for that, please give generously, help spread the word and help save Aaron's life.
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Barton-Upon-Humber, Yorkshire and the Humber, United Kingdom