Help Dawn fund her treatment overseas!

For: Dawn Watts
York, England, United Kingdom
Organizer: Stuart Watts
Help Dawn fund her treatment overseas! (Dawn Watts)
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The Story


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 November 14, 2017


Posted on November 14, 2017

Update on the fundraising for Dawn’s treatment/care:

We have had some fantastic donations and friends have held some great fundraising events from skydives to head shaves, the latest contribution was raised by a friend and the Porsche Racing Drivers Association (PDA) whose contribution of £2,260.00 has brought the funds raised to help Dawn to just over £25,500. This is a fantastic effort and has already started to help make her life easier as we battle with the rapid changes in her medical condition. Simple things like the mobility scooter which can be dismantled and loaded into the boot of the car.

This week we have a further meeting with a Private Consultant we have engaged with to understand better what is happening in her spine and affecting her ability to walk. We then have meetings with the Oncology team and which we need to help us understand how the cancer is responding to the latest chemotherapy treatment, what our options are and how this may affect any private and alternative treatment we wish to pursue.

Thank you all for your support and for giving us some hope that if the opportunity exists to help Dawn then we will be able to pursue it.

Posted on September 23, 2017


Posted on September 23, 2017

Further to our last update Dawn has had a very challenging time. We knew the cancer was becoming very active and in the absence of being able to fly needed to seek immediate treatment in the UK.

Radiotherapy was undertaken to the tumour found behind her left eye and chemotherapy was pencilled in to start last week. A visit to meet the Oncologist to start the chemotherapy was scheduled. At this meeting the Oncologist was surprised to see Dawn in her wheelchair which she has had to use for a number of weeks now due to pain and sensations down her back and legs. She has been reporting on this and complaining of this for some time, with only referrals being made to the pain management team.

The Oncologist seemed to understand that things were now far more serious than they had previously thought and urgent scans were arranged. After a confusing week, a meeting was scheduled with the consultant and we were told that Dawn had Spinal Cord Compression. This was devastating news and requires swift diagnosis and treatment to prevent long-term disability due to irreversible spinal cord injury. Sadly the cancer is proving to be very active and also needs urgent an immediate treatment.

The meeting with the consultant discussed what could happen next as any back treatment probably couldn't take place whilst any cancer treatment was in progress. As the cancer is now very active any delay on chemotherapy would only allow this to progress further. Chemotherapy was started.

Our worry now is that paralysis will soon be our next biggest challenge. We will be seeking a second opinion from a private consultant and to see if there is anything that can be done whilst chemotherapy is in progress.

Feeling angry and frightened at the moment. Next steps:

  • Meeting with spine/back consultant
  • Continue weekly Chemotherapy
  • Plan for Spain and private alternatives for Spine and Cancer

Thank you all for your support and continued fundraising.

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.

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