Help Helen in Her fight to Overcome Brain Cancer
My name is Sotiris, and I live in NW London with my wife Helen 32 and our young son Johnathan, who is 5 years old. I have started this appeal to give Helen the option of what we believe is a potential lifesaving treatment in America, which financially is way out of our reach.
When I first started to go out with Helen 7 years ago I knew instantly that this beautiful, bright and energetic girl was the one I wanted to spend my life with. She is loyal, kind hearted and has a smile so infectious that it can light up any room. In mid April 2008 she gave me our precious son Johnathan. I felt like the luckiest man on earth.
Helen’s health slowly declined over the past year, she never fully recovered after our 4th attempt to have a second child and was miss-diagnosed with chromosone disorders. Between mid – late October 2012 she started to become lethargic, sleeping and forgetful with the inability to carry out normal day to day activities. This prompted a visit to A&E which resulted in finding a mass in her head.
The results shattered our family. Helen was diagnosed with Brain Cancer and unfortunately a second biopsy revealed that it was of the more aggressive type and grade of brain cancer. Not only is it inoperable because of its size and location but it is also deemed incurable using available cancer therapies in the UK, which can only at best slow down growth.
The average life expectancy is poor, fewer than 1 in 100 people diagnosed live for 5 years. The cancer is common in people over 50 (approx. 5,000 diagnosed annually in the UK) but very rare in Helen’s age group, there are less than 50 cases reported every year in the UK and there is no known cause.
However there are international clinics that are running new pioneering treatments and clinical trials that has been proven to be very effective against this type of cancer without harming the body. These treatments have proved to be able, to not only stabilize, but potentially cure this awful disease in some cases.
Unfortunately these treatment are not available via the NHS so we have to pay for them ourselves. The cost (including travel and associated UK costs for private care) is approximately £135,000 per year and most patients will require anything from 12 to 18 months treatment. Although this is a large amount of money, I believe you cannot put a price on saving a life, especially that of a young mum.
I hope and pray that through fundraising and generosity we will be able to achieve our dream to raise enough money to give Helen this lifesaving treatment and beat this awful condition, giving her the chance to see our son Johnathan grow up.
Thank you for taking the time to read,