Sad News - May 2014
It is very hard for me to write this but I want to thank everyone that supported Laura and our family in fundraising. Laura had a good response to treatment and remained with no evidence of disease for 18 months, something her NHS oncologist described as an exceptional case.
The originally treated left frontal lobe tumour site remained clear, however sadly multiple new very agressive lesions in another area appeared just after our wedding in November 2013. This time round Laura's doctor in america was not legally allowed to give her access to Antineoplaston therapy, a lot of valuable time was lost and we will never know for sure the outcome if this had been accessible.
Laura sadly passed away in our local hospice on 13th April 2014
Thank you all for helping give Laura an extra two years with myself, Jacob and our family and friends, this is something you cannot put a price on and something I thank you all and also the fantastic medical team in america for.
"You can meet thousands of people and none of them really touch you, and then you meet one person and your life is changed forever"
Our Original Appeal - 8th May 2011
Welcome to the Hope for Laura Fund
My name is Ben, I am 32 and live in Kent with my fiancee Laura, 25 and our young son Jacob, who is 2 years old. I have started this appeal to give Laura the option of what we believe is potential life saving treatment in America, which financially is way out of our reach.
When I first met Laura three 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 September 2009 she gave me our precious son Jacob. I felt like the luckiest man on earth, we started planning to marry and grow our family.
Laura's health slowly declined over the past year, she never fully recovered after having Jacob and was mis-diagnosed with a range of things including exhaustion. Then in later November 2010 she started to lose the feeling and co-ordination in her right arm which prompted an MRI scan at the hospital...
The results arrived on Christmas Eve 2010 and shattered our family. Laura was been diagnosed with a rare Brain Cancer and unfortunately a biopsy revealed that it is the most agressive type 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, this cancer is common in people over 50 (approx 5,000 diagnosed annualy in the UK) but very rare in Laura's age group, there are less than 50 cases reported every year in the UK and there is no known cause.
However a clinic in America has a pioneering treatment has been proven to very effective against this type of cancer without harming the body. The clinic has been running for over 30 years and has been able to not only stabilise, but potentially cure this awful disease in some cases.
Unfortunately this treatment is not available via the NHS so we have to pay for this ourselves, the cost (including travel and associated UK costs for private care) is approximately £90,000 per year and most patients will require anything from 2 to 4 years 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 acheive our dream to raise enough money to give Laura this potentially life saving treatment and beat this awful condition, giving her the chance to see our son Jacob grow up.
Thank you for taking the time to listen,