Doing it for Laura

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Raised by 1,770 people in 7 days
Our beautiful daughter Laura started her first term at Kings College University in London studying International Relations in September, she'd worked so hard to get her 3 grade A's and was just getting used to student life when she started to suffer headaches, nothing serious just persistent and annoying headaches.
She went to the GP and he said to monitor the situation.
Laura joined the University Navy Corps and as part of the process she had a medical and an eye test. During the test the optician recognised abnormalities behind Laura's eyes and referred her to Moorfields Eye Hospital.  
As the diligent student she is, she first went back to college to do a presentation on Iraq and then went on to hospital and was referred to a Neurologist.
The next day she became quite sick so her sister and I travelled down to London, arriving late on Tuesday night. We took one look at Laura and took her in a taxi straight to Homerton Hospital. 

At 3am she went for a CT scan and an hour later, our lives changed forever as Laura was diagnosed with 2 brain tumours.  She had a further MRI scan later that morning and it became apparent that she in fact had at least 6 brain tumours.
So 6 weeks after we had helped her get settled into her new university accommodation we had the heartbreaking task of packing up and bringing her home again. 

Back in the North West, Laura met with a neurologist and it was decided that surgery needed to take place as soon as possible. The largest tumour was starting to cause seizures and pressure was dangerously high within the skull.
Surgery took place at Salford Royal and although she'd had a major seizure that morning, it went well and Laura made a good recovery from the craniotomy.

A week later, we got the pathology results and the worst possible news; Laura was diagnosed with Glioblastoma Multiforme, which is the most aggressive Stage 4 brain cancer. 

We were devastated and horrified to find out that the prognosis was so poor with this disease, the most common length of survival following diagnosis is 12 to 15 months, with fewer than 3 to 5% of people surviving longer than five years. Without treatment, survival is typically just three months.

As a family we couldn't believe that our beautiful intelligent girl with so much life ahead of her, was basically facing a death sentence. It's just heart breaking.

So since surgery, Laura has had a gruelling 6 weeks of radiotherapy and oral chemo, she now gets a month off before starting a further 6 months  of chemo (5 day each month).
We're also trying a huge range of supplements and repurposed drugs, anything we can find that has the slightest chance of stalling this disease and giving Laura the chance of a decent life.

In addition, we're also looking at other treatments that are still in the experimental phase, specifically immunotherapy treatments.
DCVax is a groundbreaking new treatment which creates personalised immune therapy made from each patient's own dendritic cells.
Dendritic cells are a type of immune cell that function to help the body's immune system recognise and attack tumour cells.

The results of the initial trial is really positive and is extending the overall survival rate for people like Laura. 
Unfortunately for us, the DCVax treatment has yet to be approved by NICE so we would need to fund the whole treatment for Laura ourselves, the cost of this will be an initial £150,000  and a maintenance cost of about £26,000  per year which is a huge amount of money for any family to try to find.

We don't have a lot of time and we're doing everything we can, our wonderful friends in the running community and from Trawden AC have already made a great start to the campaign and have already raised well over £10,000 towards treatment but if you feel you could help by making a small donation, we would be so very grateful. #doingitforlaura

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Posted by Nicola Nuttall
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Wow! we are absolutely astounded by the amazing number of donations that have been made to Laura's page. We're very grateful to the BBC for sharing our story but even more grateful to everyone who took the time to make a donation, you are amazing, kind and thoughtful, thank you so much.

A few people have asked about Laura's bucket list which we've shared on social media, so here goes....

1. Watch the filming of Saturday Night Live and meet Kate McKinnon

2. Visit the Heinz beans factory in Wigan (making good progress here, they've been inundated with calls!)

3. Drive a Heavy Goods Vehicle (Got this one sorted now)

4. See The Scream by Edvard Munch (coming to The British Museum in London this April luckily enough)

5. Visit The Churchill War Rooms (done 13/1/18)

6. Go Gold Panning

7. Cross the equator

8. Have afternoon tea at The Ritz (they've asked me to email them so fingers crossed)

9. Catch a big fish & take a photo holding it, ideally with Bob Mortimer & Paul Whitehouse. (Bob & Paul have agreed, hurray!!)

10. Attend a rally/march for something she feels strongly about

11. Meet David Attenborough

12. Ask a question on Question Time (application done, emails sent so we're optimistic)

Thanks again to everyone who has supported, donated and helped Laura with her bucket list. You have made her so happy xxx
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I'm sorry that I haven't been able to thank you all individually for the extraordinarily generous donations we have received, we are completely overwhelmed by the wonderful response to Laura's story. It has completely surpassed our expectations. Laura is so thrilled (and more than a bit surprised!) Your kindness means that we will be able to explore all the experimental therapies that we can't access through the NHS so we can give Laura the best chance of a longer life and allow us to make happy memories along the way. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Mark, Nicola, Laura and Gracie xxxx
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