Fight to raise funds for life-saving treatment

By Ross Findon and Sara Bryce

Friday, June 6, 2014

 

Fight to raise funds for life-saving treatment

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.

  Joe Ellis
 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

Federation House

440 The Grange

Romsey Road

Michelmersh

Romsey

SO51 0AE

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by Amber Baker

8th June 2014, at 17:26:02

I agree, Diana. Individuals don't need to be defined by their ailments. For example, I have a cousin "with autism", but I've never had an "autistic" cousin. I'm really happy to be volunteering on the stall for Joe from 10am-12pm on Saturday by the old Seaclose Stores. Hope to see you and lots of other fabulous human beings there!

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by Diana Ward

7th June 2014, at 16:58:28

I find the headline in this week's County Press clumsy and offensive. "Race to save cancer boy, Joe, 13". Surely this brave young man isn't defined by his illness......surely a headline which simply states "Race to save, Joe, 13" is far more appropriate and thoughtful than referring to him as a "cancer boy". I'm sure Joe and his parents have enough to worry about, they clearly are very brave and determined people who I've every admiration for. I can't help feeling that this headline is wrong on so many levels.

Any views or opinions presented in the comments above are solely those of the author and do not represent those of the Isle of Wight County Press.

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