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'Help Cam'

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

THE FAMILY of Cameron Truesdale is urging people not to forget their son Cameron who still needs more funds for his tumour treatment in Mexico.

The schoolboy (12) is currently in Mexico receiving treatment for a brain tumour which was funded by an outpouring of generosity from locals who were moved by his story.

However, the cost is 30,000 for each session and Cameron will need at least 10 meaning a major push is on for fundraising for the final seven treatments.

Cameron, his mum Cassandra, dad Harold (Hammy) from Rathfriland, three sisters and step-dad David arrived in Mexico three weeks ago to begin, what could be, the treatment that will save his life.

Cameron and his family received the devastating news in January that he has a rare DIPG brain tumour. They were told there is no treatment or trial on the NHS available for the condition. He received radiotherapy on the NHS but no other treatment was available to help this type of cancer.

Cameron's family were told in January that he had between nine and 12 months to "make memories".

Cameron's dad Hammy has reported that Cameron is walking, talking, eating and drinking and his energy levels have increased since his first treatment last Monday (2 October). The doctors are happy to proceed with the next step of his treatment and the family were back to the clinic on Friday (6 October) for further checks.

Hammy said: "Cameron responded very well to his first chemotherapy treatment and was back on his feet after 24 hours. Yes, we have a long road to travel but this is definitely going in the right direction." "Thankfully Cameron has had no negative side effects to the treatment so far," Hammy said.

"He has three chemotherapy sessions this week on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday as well as immunotherapy which means him and I will have an overnight stay on Friday night.

"It has been great to already see improvements in all of his symptoms and again I just want to thank everyone for their messages of support for Cameron.

"Thank you all for your continued support of Mr Cameron and our entire family circle. Having a few spare minutes I totalled together how much has been raised from the band scene so far, both at home and from Scotland; 21,340. So proud to be apart of something so special." The past year since receiving the diagnosis has been the worst in the family's life and Hammy said: "Looking at my son, not knowing how long I have left with him, without a doubt is the hardest thing imaginable." In January, the family heard about a "promising treatment" in Mexico where children with DIPG brain tumours where seeing positive results. And so, the family set about fundraising for Cameron to receive this treatment.

Currently Cameron is being treated with inter-arterial chemotherapy and immunotherapy but the family are still requiring funds to continue with his treatment.

Fundraising events which are taking place throughout the month of October include 'The Full Monty' this Saturday (14 October) at the Bannville House Hotel, Banbridge. The night will also include an auction including signed goal-keeper gloves from Glenavon goalkeeper Jonny Tuffey.

Rathfriland men are among the crew baring all to raise much-needed funds to help with the continuation of Cameron's treatment in Mexico.

Cure4Cam/Variety Concert will take place on Saturday, 21 October at the Ballymore Inn, Craigavon.

The family is hoping these fundraising events will attract big numbers and would like to thank everyone back home for their continued generosity and messages of support.

* If you feel you can help contribute to the fund, donations can be made via the following: paypal.me/cure4cam or justgiving.com/crowd-funding/cure4cam.

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