My name is Scott and I am 25 years old. In April 2018, during the second year of my PhD studies at St. Andrews University, I was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma (Bone Cancer) of the right proximal humerus (shoulder). In August 2018 I had my right arm and shoulder amputated in Birmingham Royal Orthopedic Hospital as the cancer was not suppressed by the only known curative chemotherapy drugs that are available for Osteosarcoma. Here is a photo of me at the Musgrave Disability Centre in November after receiving a shoulder prosthetic (I chose a shoulder as an arm would be too heavy for longboarding).
So now a year after my diagnosis, the cancer has metastasized (spread) to my lungs and my oncologist has advised that any further treatment would be life-extending only. I have exhausted all possible curative treatments available to me on the NHS.
I have thoroughly researched potential curative options outside of the NHS and I will be pursuing private drugs and treatments not yet available on the NHS, but are licensed and have been shown effective in other countries. These treatment packages cost up to £55,000 at a time with an indefinite monthly follow up care of up to £4000, as well as travel and accommodation costs incurred during treatment visits.
Time is not on my side and I will be hoping to raise enough funds to begin the first round of treatment by the end of April.
You can find more information on Osteosarcoma on the Macmillan website: https://www.macmillan.org.uk/information-and-support/bone-cancer/understanding-cancer/types-of-bone-cancer/osteosarcoma.html#241797
I understand this is a huge amount of money to ask from people. But raising these funds mean I have a chance to continue living my life with my wonderful girlfriend, family and friends. I can't thank you enough for your support.