Running 10K for Charlie's Immunotherapy

Hi everyone,

On Sunday September 1st I'll be running the 10K Cotswold Trail at Sudeley Castle, Gloucestershire, to raise funds for Charlie Ilsley who is currently in Germany undergoing Immunotherapy.

Charlie is 12 years old. This is his best shot of kicking cancer's ass.

I wanted to help raise funds because I saw Charlie’s plight on Channel 4’s Celebrity Bake Off earlier this year, as part of its Stand Up To Cancer campaign, and felt compelled to do something. His story has stuck with me ever since, which has resulted in a recent meeting with Charlie and his mother Toni, who has asked me to help with fundraising for her son.

Over the past few years, Charlie has had a rough ride. Despite enduring more than what most of us will ever experience in a lifetime, Charlie rarely complains about anything. 

Watch Charlie's story here:

Charlie's heartbreaking story

In 2015, at just aged 8, he was diagnosed with a brain tumour called a medulloblastoma. He endured emergency surgery to remove the tumour and then many rounds of radiation followed by four stem cells transplants. 

He was recovering well, until the devastating news in March 2018 that the tumour had returned in two places on his spine. Two further rounds of chemo didn't halt the growth and the tumours unfortunately doubled in size during this period. 

In early 2019, he underwent Cyberknife treatment in Turkey at a huge cost, which the NHS would not fund. Although Cyberknife treatment is a precise, painless and non-invasive radiosurgery, the side effects from his stem cell transplant which was part of the process made him very ill, resulting in a long stay on an isolation ward. And a long way from home too!

So here we are now, Summer 2019. Since Charlie's return to the UK in April, his follow-up scan was clear which is brilliant news. He continues to do well and is feeling good. He's returned to school part-time and has even enjoyed a few chilled afternoons in his inflatable swimming pool in the back garden.

But, here's the thing. 

To offer hope of a long-term cure, he has gone to Germany for immunotherapy, starting 29th July. There are no adverse effects and it is not like chemotherapy; it works by teaching his own immune system to fight and recognise cancer cells and destroy them before they grow. The several stages of treatment will cost £50,000, which Charlie's family needs to somehow find.

Charlie needs YOUR HELP to save him 

We'll do whatever it takes to hit this amount and give the life Charlie deserves.

Please give what you can, just a few quid makes all the difference. Share this, talk about it, do whatever you can to raise awareness.

He needs us.

Thanks to everyone who has supported Charlie so far, it couldn't be done without your generosity or kindness. And of course Charlie's family's will to keep fighting.

All funds raised from this page will be transferred directly to the family.

Thanks for reading. Now let's do this!

#charlieschallenge #GBBO #StandUpToCancer #StandUpToCancerUK#SU2C


Claire Brown
Winchcombe, South West England, United Kingdom

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