Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Tom's Reached His Target. and It's All Thanks to You!

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Tom's Reached His Target. and It's All Thanks to You!

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Byline: ANDY PASSANT

GENEROUS Teessiders have raised enough money to pay for treatment for a young boy who is battling a brain tumour.

Tom Gardiner, 11, needs vital therapy at a German clinic after doctors in the UK said his tumour was inoperable.

Tom's family, who live in Acklam, launched a pounds 20,000 fundraising appeal to pay for the potentially lifesaving trip.

But the response from the Teesside public, including Gazette readers, has exceeded expectations.

The appeal has already raised about pounds 25,000 - and the money is still coming in.

Kind-hearted readers have also sent the Gazette pounds 1,600, with donations ranging from pounds 5 to pounds 200. This money will be passed on to Tom's family and added to the total.

Dad Ian told the Gazette: "We have reached the target. That will cover Tom's initial treatment in Germany, along with travel costs and accommodation.

"I think it is fantastic that we have reached the total so quickly.

"You just don't know what sort of response it is going to be, but so many people have supported us.

"People that you don't know doing things on your behalf, that is just fantastic."

Tom's family are pinning their hopes on a type of treatment called Dendritic Cell Therapy, offered by a German clinic.

This is a non-surgical procedure which uses the body''s own immune system to fight the tumour.

There is no guarantee the treatment will work but Tom's parents are willing to pursue any option which offers hope to their son.

The original plan was for Ian to take Tom to Germany for the treatment.

But because the appeal has been so successful they will now be joined by Tom's mum Rachel and sister Lucy.

Ian said: "It was just going to be Tom and myself.

"Because we have gone over (the target) we can go as a family now.

CUTE: Tom "It is great, it is a bit of support for us. "It is a daunting prospect going over there to a strange country, strange language and strange treatment."

Ian said they were hoping to go to Germany in August or September.

He said: "We are waiting until Tom's next scan, which is at the end of July.

"We are hoping it will show a massive reduction in tumour size. …

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