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Second trip to Germany for ill Glenís treatment

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

THE next stage in a fundraising campaign for a terminally-ill Kilkeel man will take place this weekend.
Glen Graham, a former fisherman, is battling a brain tumour and was told late last year by doctors that they were unable to do anything more for him.
However, his wife Diane refused to accept that nothing more could be done and embarked on a fundraising campaign to raise vital funds, after discovering a clinic in Germany could provide treatment.
At the end of March Glen and Diane travelled to The Hallwang Private Oncology Clinic in Germany, where he received an antigen-specific peptide vaccine and chemotherapy.
Last week Diane told The Outlook he reacted well to the treatment and was "in great form" when he returned home.
“After the first treatment he was great, his speech was a lot better and his ability to do things was a lot better," she said.
“I think it would have been better if we could have stayed for a month, rather than the week we did stay. I think we would have seen a bigger difference."
It is hoped Glen will be able to get back to Germany in about six weeks' time, but Diane said they are keeping in regular contact with his doctors.
“We are hoping to get back to Germany, but his oncologist in Belfast needs to make sure he is fit and see how Glen feels."
She said they remain optimistic about a second course of treatment.
“His first treatment went fantastically, he was so well looked after, they took great care of him.
“They gave him so much treatment before the chemotherapy, everyone should be allowed it here.
“He got ECGs and a detoxification of the liver, as well as checks on his blood and platelets. Then he got chemotherapy and immunotherapy in the evenings.
“They were very hands-on there too, I was so impressed with how willing they were to help us."
Ahead of a second trip to Germany, Diane said she is remaining positive it will go to plan.
“I will be praying to God every day that he will be able to go for the second treatment, but it depends on what his doctors say in Belfast.
“His doctor knows where Glen is and he will decide if he is fit to travel."
In the midst of taking care of Glen, Diane and their daughter, Courtney are organising fundraising events to help raise the money needed for Glen's treatment.
A number of successful events have taken place, reaching the impressive figure of £17,000, and another night is planned this Saturday (13 May) in the Ballymartin Inn.
“It is going to be a great night, we have a raffle with some fantastic prizes and a table quiz too. There will be music afterwards, so everyone should have a good night."
The night kicks off at 8pm, going straight through to 1am

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