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Jack Brown Appeal.

Got this post from the Inspector Gadget site after being made aware from one of his regular readers ‘notellin’.

Jack Brown, 5, is suffering from a rare childhood cancer, neuroblastoma.

Neuroblastoma is a solid tumour cancer which spreads rapidly. Recurrence after treatment is currently considered non-curative in the UK.

Thanks to the tireless efforts of friends, family, the general public and the Met Police, Jack was able to undergo the first stages of antibody treatment to fight recurrence.

On 27th November, Jack started complaining of severe head pains. CT scans revealed a tumour in his brain, 2.5 inches in size.

The brain is the only part of the body the antibody treatment cannot reach, indicating Jack’s original treatment was successful within its scope.

This relapse is considered non curative except at Memorial Sloane Kettering Cancer Centre in New York. MSK has developed a range of options including liquid radiation directly to the NB cells in the relapsed area; this has been shown to be 100% effective. All 10 patients treated in the same way over the past three years have remained disease free; this is very significant. When a parent is about to lose their child, these statistics are vitally important.

A further $750,000 is urgently needed to complete this treatment.

There is currently no UK government funding for this treatment, so this is the only hope for Jack and his family. Jack’s parents, both Detective Sergeants at the Metropolitan Police, have moved their family, including his brother Connor, 10, and sister Rhian, 7, to the US, where they continue to support Jack’s relentless fight to beat this disease. They are staying in a room at Ronald McDonald House, which provides a “home away from home” for families whose children are undergoing treatment at nearby hospitals.

Please help us raise funds for Jack’s treatment.

Well worth a read and please visit via the link.

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4 Responses

  1. I read your post with some trepidation: my 6-yr-old son, Max, has recurred nueroblastoma (NB) and has been battling the beast for three years. It is imperative that everyone know there is no known cure for NB – anywhere. No one, not even MSK in New York, can boast a 100% cure rate. I wish they could. We’d all have our children there.

  2. They are here then. They are at one of the finest facilities. The cutting edge of treatments. This is the second post out of three I’ve read this morning about children with cancer. I usually grab my tea and go to my favorite sites, to see what you’re up to. I hate this disease, hate it! I will keep both your visitor and these children in my prayers. I’ll check out your site above too and see what else can be done.

  3. Melissa, thanks for your comment. You and Andy have my thoughts and best wishes. You already have a special little person in Max and I hope that your time together is as special and and precious as he quite clearly is.

    For anyone else reading these comments please take the time to read this………

    http://mikulak.blogspot.com/

  4. Thank you for the link WEB.

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