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FIGHTING TO SURVIVE: Former Hemel FC footballer from Garston raising money for cancer treatment 

 Published on: 22nd July 2020   |   By: Amneet Kaur   |   Category: Hemel Hempstead Town F.C

A footballer from Garston who suffers from a rare bone cancer is raising money to fund his treatment abroad as the UK cannot provide him with alternative treatments to chemotherapy.

Spencer McCall, who used to play for Hemel Hempstead Town Football Club, was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma in February 2019, when what he thought was a football injury turned out to be a tumour. 

He said: “By time of diagnosis my tumour was seven cm in size and I immediately put my life on hold and started chemotherapy.

“Two weeks after my 25th birthday, after striving to getting my life back on track, my life came crashing down for a second time.

“In February 2020, a routine scan showed that my cancer had spread to my lungs and there were multiple tumours in both lungs. Despite the news, I was given confidence by my oncology team who got me started with chemotherapy again, this time the drugs would be targeting the lungs.”

After five extremely demanding cycles, scans confirmed the disease was still progressing aggressively.

In June Spencer was told the chemotherapy protocol wasn’t stabilising the cancer and in the UK there are no other treatments available.

He continued: “Specialists outside the UK have come together and formed an individualised treatment plan for me that would offer me a better outcome. The NHS have been absolutely amazing in many ways and will continue to support me and my decision to seek alternative therapies abroad.

“Even with the most recent appointment with my oncologist, she was moving treatments and scans here in the UK around to accommodate the European team.”

The therapy would approximately cost him £79k in addition to the £1,500 per month supplement plan.

This includes £29k for Cyberknife, an innovative radiotherapy offered in Germany. £22k for Immunotherapy and £28k for Dendritic Cell Therapy offered in Spain.

His aunt, Sarah Fox, said: “On behalf of all the family I would like to thank everyone for their love and support so far and if love was a cure he would be rid of this terrible disease.”

To help Spencer fund his treatments donate to justgiving.com/crowdfunding/spencer-mccall.

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