Our daughter, Laura was diagnosed with brain cancer in Autumn 2018 when she was just 18.
She was given a prognosis of roughly 12 months and told to go away and make memories. She bravely endured a craniotomy to remove the largest tumour and then started a gruelling program of radiotherapy and chemotherapy.
But then we found an innovative new immunotherapy treatment available only in Germany and with the help of our friends, community and the wonderful people who donated through GoFundMe, we were able to take Laura out to Cologne on a regular basis and to our delight, her immune system responded to the treatment.
Laura remained well, well enough to go back to university in Manchester and start a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics.
Fast forward 2.5 years and although still really healthy and free of symptoms, a routine MRI scan revealed regrowth on the site of the original tumour.
Laura had a second surgery at the end of March and now the plan is for 2 further dendritic cell vaccinations and a course of a checkpoint inhibitor called Pembrolizumab. None of this is available on the NHS of course so we are faced with the enormous challenge of raising a further £80k.
We appreciate that Laura's had a great deal of support already and we're so grateful to everyone that has raised funds for her. It really has made the most incredible difference and I honestly don't think that she'd be here without it. She's used the last few years wisely, studying and working as an ambassador for The Brain Tumour Charity and helping out in the community.
We think Laura is an incredibly special girl who deserves the luxury of getting old and we will do everything we can to give her that opportunity.
Thank you so much for your support
Nicola, Mark, Laura and Gracie xxxx
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