Fred’s £6,000 fundraiser in thanks for ground-breaking cancer treatment

06 Oct 2016

Two years ago, Fred was diagnosed with cancer of the kidney after a very large tumour was found. After an amazing response to a trial at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, Fred was given the all-clear, despite a bad initial prognosis. Here’s his story, and why he sought to give something back.

After finding out he had a tumour on his right kidney, Fred had the kidney removed. The three scans he had following that were clear – but a year later, he found out the cancer had returned, this time on the liver.

Fred and his wife Maureen were told about a trial at St Bartholomew’s, being led by Professor Powles.

The trial involved a new immunotherapy drug, and Fred received the treatment for three months – after which, amazingly, scans showed no cancer.

Regular scans every six weeks also continued to show the all-clear. Now, Fred has scans every three months and continues to have treatment every two weeks.

“I’m astounded by the results of this trial,” said Fred. “Maureen and I are incredibly grateful to Professor Powles and his whole team. After the initial diagnosis, we never thought this would be possible.”

This summer, Fred and Maureen decided to give something back to St Bartholomew’s.

They organised a garden party – complete with a singer, marquee, raffle, auction and plenty of food and drink!

They raised a total of £6,000 – all of which will go directly to the Bodley Scott wards at the hospital, helping patients with cancer receive the best treatment.

Maureen added: “We never expected to raise so much money, but it was a joy to be able celebrate with friends and family and to help other patients in similar situations.

“We want to have a repeat of the party next year!”

We’d like to say a huge thank you too to Fred, Maureen, and all involved.

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