Help Dawn fund her treatment overseas!

For: Dawn Watts
York, England, United Kingdom
Organizer: Stuart Watts
Help Dawn fund her treatment overseas! (Dawn Watts)
£17,146
of £20,000 goal.
Raised by 215 donors
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The Story

A CALL FOR HELP

Many of you will know Dawn Watts and the struggle she has faced over the last 4 and a half years. Recently she has faced an even bigger challenge as the cancer she has, has started to change and not respond to the treatment being prescribed by our Oncologists and the NHS team in York. It is now spreading even further.

Dawn has had to make some difficult choices around her quality of life versus success of the treatment being proposed. We have continuously sought alternative treatments and have taken the decision to look for help outside the UK at a specialist centre. We will be looking to meet shortly with the Oncology team at the overseas centre. 

This means we will need to arrange travel to and from the UK, and to the centre, based in Spain, in the coming weeks. Once we have a plan we will also then need to agree what any proposed treatment looks like and how soon this can start. The costs will not be insignificant and as yet we do not know what these will be, our goal of £15,000 is a starting point.

This is where we would like to seek your help. If you are able to help with these costs then I would ask that you:

  • Make a donation to this Crowd Funding page
  • Make a payment direct to Dawn Watts via her PayPal account at: [email protected]
  • Arrange a fundraising event
  • Share this message with your friends via email, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn etc.

Dawn herself has helped raise over £32,500 for charity since being diagnosed and we have further fundraising events planned. I hope we can help her now.

Thank you very much in advance. Let’s help fight this together.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on August 31, 2017

Posted on August 31, 2017

Following a busy week last week, full of scans and tests, we met with the UK Oncologist to hear the results today and to allow us to agree what treatment Dawn could have and where.

Sadly the cancer is proving to be very active and needs urgent an immediate treatment. Dawn's condition also means she cannot fly so utilising the clinic in Spain is not an immediate option but we need to quickly get her in the position so she can utilise the treatmements available.

Dawn's rapid treatment starts tomorrow with a visit to Leeds for the start of intensive radiotherapy to the brain tumour. Chemotherapy will then start next week for the next 6 weeks.

Weekly blood test and routine scans will be in place to check the cancer is responding to the treatment.

We have kept in regular contact with the clinic is Spain and the intention is to be in a position to be with them once we have the current issues under control.

Thank you for your continued support. The funds raised and being raised are even more important now bearing in mind the position we find ourselves in.


Posted on August 26, 2017

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Posted on August 26, 2017

Since our last update things have been a bit hectic. Having been able to visit the Consultant in Spain and discussed Dawn's condition with him we were hopeful of returning very soon to start further tests and treatment.

Since the visit, and at Spain’s suggestion, Dawn got her eyes tested due to changes in her vision which we’d discussed. The outcome of this was that a new tumour has been identified behind her left eye and which resulted with her being in hospital all week whilst CT scans and MRI scans were undertaken. We were advised not to fly until the scans were fully reported on and reviewed by the local Oncology Consultant. This means that we have had to put on hold our return visit to Spain.

This next week will hopefully see us meeting the Consultant, agreeing what treatment is needed immediately such as starting a regime of chemotherapy, when flying will be possible, and also liaising with Spain as to when we can return there and to start treatment.


Kind regards
Stu and Dawn


Posted on August 17, 2017

Posted on August 17, 2017

Firstly, thank you for everyone's support.

We have been able to visit the Consultant in Spain and discussed Dawn's condition with him.

We have had some initial tests and will be visiting the hospital again shortly to undertake further tests, PET Scan, Biopsy etc., to ascertain what we are up against. This is what has not been currently made available with the NHS.

"Knowledge is Power" and we will be able to establish a bespoke and personalised plan which can support conventional treatment. They have thankfully indicated that they will be able to work with the NHS hospital so we are hopeful this will help us further.

Early indications are that the initial budget was optimistic so have reviewed this subject a more definite plan/approach and what this will entail.

More news to follow.

Kind regards

Stu and Dawn

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