Isle of Wight youngster Joe Ellis, with his mum Sally.
FUNDRAISING is underway to help fund potentially life-saving treatment for an Isle of Wight youngster diagnosed with an aggressive and inoperable form of cancer.
Joe Ellis, 13, of Newport, was diagnosed with primary mediastinal large B-cell lymphoma last year, after doctors discovered a 22cm tumour in his chest.
Chemotherapy and radiotherapy have been unsuccessful, however there are hopes that a new drug from America could help.
Southampton general hospital has agreed to fund the first three drug treatments, but Joe will need 16 in total, which will cost more than £100,000.
The fundraising effort has been backed by Hampshire Police Federation.
| Read more about Joe's story in today's Isle of Wight County Press.
In an appeal on Facebook, federation John Apter said: "On compassionate grounds the Southampton Hospital Trust has agreed to fund 3 periods of treatment at a cost of £20,000. This has enabled Joe to start the treatment immediately which is a great result. However, when this funding runs out Joe's family will have to self fund the remaining 13 treatments at a cost of £100,000. The family have been advised not to rely on the NHS funding this, and they should have a plan B.
"You are the plan B! We need to raise the funds so Joe can have this life saving treatment. A trust fund has been set up in Joe's name which will allow people to contribute towards his treatment. We would ask everybody who reads this message to give £1.00. It will make a difference."
Anyone who wants to make a donation can do so using the details below.
The Joe Ellis Trust Fund
Lloyds Bank Account Number - 04427368
Sort code - 77-25-16
Contributions can also be sent to the Hampshire Police Federation office:
Hampshire Police Federation
440 The Grange