A mission to raise £20,000, to fund specialist treatment for nine-year-old Nathan Francis, has kicked off on a good footing after a fundraising concert raised £3,362.
Nathan has been in and out of Great Ormond Street Hospital since he was a baby with his parents Ronnie and Lydia Francis, to get treatment for glioma (tumours that originate in the brain or the spine). He currently has numerous tumours on his spine and five on his brain, one of which is wrapped around his optic nerve, and could cause him to go blind if operated on.
Bedfordshire Primary Care Trust is undecided as to whether to pay for special treatment, so Nathan’s supporters hope their fundraising efforts will raise enough money to buy chemotherapy drug, Avastine, from the US, which has a good success rate at targeting glioma tumours.
Ronnie, who serves as a pastor at the Church of God of Prophecy in Bedford and works with the homeless, has been overwhelmed with the fundraising efforts being spearheaded by friends, Emma Carty and Yvonne Sinclair.
He told Keep The Faith, “To be honest, it’s a bit uncomfortable. I am more comfortable giving to others. This fundraising venture wasn’t started by me, but I greatly appreciate it.”
If you’d like to donate to this worthy cause, visit www.justgiving.com/Nathan-Francis1