A FELPHAM mother has started to raise funds to help her son fight a brain tumour.
Laura Davidge and her family have launched a campaign for £22,000 to pay for treatment to give hope to Kevin Slumbers.
They want to raise enough to enable Kevin to receive a course of treatment of Avastin.
The drug has been used successfully in the USA to treat the type of gliobastoma which Kevin has. But it is not licensed for use in this country for brain tumours. This has led NHS England to refuse to pay for him to receive it.
Wallner Crescent resident Laura said: “I’m cross that the drug is not available. The trouble is it has never been approved for use for brain tumours. It is used for colonic cancer and some breast cancers.
“But the NHS says there is no reliable results in this country to prove it will work in Kevin’s situation.
“They have had good results from it in America but they are not prepared to use them.”
The campaign raised £700 in its first week. Activities are due to pick up pace in the next few weeks. His sisters are selling tickets for a Christmas hamper at a table top sale at Billingshurst Leisure Centre this Sunday and making toys and craft products to help his fund.
His family have set up a fundraising page www.gofundme.com/kevstreatmentfund to accept donations. They also have a Paypal account – email@example.com
“We want to prolong Kevin’s life for as long as possible,” said Laura.
The 36-year-old from Southampton was diagnosed with an aggressive and malignant brain tumour in December, 2012. It was removed in an operation and he was given the all-clear after chemotherapy and six months of radiotherapy.
However, the tumour returned eight months ago. Kevin had another operation as well as chemotherapy but the tumour returned again last month.
He is having more radiotherapy but doctors do not have any other options apart from Avastin.