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HELP OUT: Former footballer from Garston fundraises to continue cancer treatment abroad 

 Published on: 23rd March 2021   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

A former footballer who used to play for Hemel Hempstead Town Football Club is raising further funds to continue his treatment in Tijuana, Mexico.  

Spencer McCall, from Garston, was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma in February 2019, when what he thought was a football injury turned out to be a tumour. 

He is now getting treated in Mexico as the UK cannot provide him with alternative treatments to chemotherapy.

We reported on Spencer’s story back in July, when he was then raising funds to get treated abroad. 

Now Spencer has hope but treatment is expensive and he needs to raise £75,000 on top of what he has raised already.

Spencer said: “I just want to thank you all again. To every single person that shared my story/donated towards my treatment fund, thank you. I’m so grateful to have been given the opportunity to explore treatment outside of the palliative care that was offered to me in the UK.

“I’ve now been continuously receiving treatment in Mexico for just over 18 weeks, six days a week. I receive a huge variety of treatments here, specifically tailored for my type of cancer. 

“The way they administer chemotherapy here is totally different to how it’s done at home and I haven’t had to endure the gruelling side effects I had to go through last year and the previous year when I had chemo in London.

“With the additional funding required to fund my ongoing treatment I have had to up the original fundraising target. I really appreciate that the pandemic has had a huge financial impact on many and asking for additional funding has been a difficult decision that I’ve been putting off until now.  

“I will never forget the day when I was sitting in the doctor’s office in London last summer with Sarah (girlfriend) and we were told that nothing more could be done for me. To have been given hope since and to finally be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel is a feeling that I can’t quite put into words. With your help I’m really looking forward to the future.”

We spoke to Gary, Spencer’s dad who told us about his progress. He said: “When we look at the scans now even if we don’t see any shrinkage, the doctors are saying that the colour of the tumour has gone slightly darker in places which means that the tumour is dying off inside. It’s not a quick process you have to just keep going, each time he goes to check the progress the results are, I’m not saying spectacular, but are enough to keep him there as nothing else seems to be working.

“It’s not easy, he was in sport before and he got that mentality. He knows he has a goal at the end of the corridor so he just does what he knows he has to do.”

To learn more about Spencer’s story and to donate click here.

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