Man with rare leukaemia needs £400,000 to help him get treatment in the US


A campaign to save the life of a man with a rare type of leukaemia has just days to raise £400,000 to send him to the US for revolutionary treatment.

Kate Brandon, 33, has so far raised more than £250,000 towards the costs of her husband Mike's treatment at the University of Pennsylvania.

Kate has launched the #donate4Mike campaign on social media to raise the money for her 31-year-old husband's treatment, due to begin next Tuesday.

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His treatment is funded by the university. But medical costs associated with its administration must be self-funded.

It's the second time the couple, from Bristol, have appealed directly to the public for help after Mike was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in 2014 - a month after proposing to his now wife.

A matching donor was found and Mike underwent a successful transplant on his 30th birthday.

Mike has battled through the rejection of multiple anti-cancer drugs, undergone more than 20 gruelling bone marrow biopsies, contracted pneumonia and received five further infusions of cells from his donor.

Last summer the couple married - but sadly Mike relapsed at Easter.

In a video posted on their gofundme page, Kate said: "I now reach out to you again because Mike has relapsed but this time things are a hell of lot more worse than they were first time round.

"He relapsed at Easter and has very little hope for a full recovery. His only chance is to access this new research trial in America which is looking at CAR T-cell therapy.

"To get him there I need at least £400,000 and I need it as soon as possible.

"I know from the amount of support we had for #Shake4Mike and I know how serious things felt back then we were able to get through it. I know with your help we can get through it again."

Wow....We just woke to 309k! Thank you to all ...

People all over the world have been donating overnight. And even more money has been raised since Kate posted a thank you message on the #donate4Mike Facebook page early on Friday.

Kate said any extra money donated on the fundraising page will go to the Bristol Royal Infirmary haematology oncology unit.