Barnham man seeks help in cancer fight

Gavin Hunnikin with his supporting girlfriend Lisa Male''Picture by Louise Adams C131534-1 Bog Nov28 Gavin
Gavin Hunnikin with his supporting girlfriend Lisa Male''Picture by Louise Adams C131534-1 Bog Nov28 Gavin

HELP is being sought by a Barnham man in his fight against a brain tumour.

Gavin Hunnikin has battled the cancer for ten years but it has started grow and spread.

The father-of-two says doctors in this country have only limited options for further treatment.

He claims a clinic in Houston, USA, offers has best hope. But the treatment will cost £75,000. Gavin needs it as soon as possible.

The father-of-two, of Gospond Road, said: “I very much just want to stay alive to see my children grow up and be with my girlfriend for as long as possible.”

Gavin, 40, and girlfriend, Lisa Male, have set up a website on which they detail his plight and ask for donations.

“It would be good if each person could donate just £1. I don’t really like to beg because I know there are a lot of deserving people around.

“But £1 is so little and so quick to donate online through the website – www.helpgavin.co.uk – that would be the best way to do it,” he said.

“As soon as I get the money I will be at the clinic.”

They have also set up a Facebook page, www.facebook.com/helpgavin, which they hope as many people as possible will like to spread the word about his situation.

The Burzynski Clinic offers a unique treatment devised by its founder, Stanislaw Burzynski.

The gene therapy treatment replaces faulty cancer genes with new ones but its critics claim it is unproven.

Trading standards officer Gavin said: “The doctors here have offered me more chemotherapy but it didn’t work last time.

“The tumour has spread into a delicate area of the brain and an operation to remove it would be likely to leave me paralysed down my right-hand side. That would not be worth risking.

“I have heard so many success stories about the clinic that I want to try its treatment instead.”

Gavin is divorced and met fellow divorcee Lisa, 36, who has three children and lives in Cosham, through a dating website. They made contact in September last year and first met the following month.

She said the tumour worsened soon after. “He was as devastated as I was,” said Lisa. “He’s already had six months of chemotherapy at Portsmouth earlier this year and he is absolutely amazing.”

Gavin said: “I was diagnosed with the tumour when I was 30. My life was completely turned upside down. I felt completely fit and almost invincible. I didn’t think I would ever become ill.”

Gavin has since been through two operations, chemotherapy and radiotherapy with the NHS.

n Polka Dot House is giving all the money from tea and coffee sales at its open day of festive and party goodies at Walberton Pavilion off The Street from 10am-2.30pm this Saturday to help Gavin.