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Bucks mum fundraising for son's cancer treatment

She's taken on a 25 mile walk between and around 6 parks

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 5:55am 27th February 2020. 4-minute read.

Bucks mum fundraising for son's cancer treatment

To raise money for her son's cancer treatment, a Buckinghamshire mum has set herself a challenge. 

Dylan Mitchell from Aston Clinton has spent the last 6 years of his life fighting an aggressive form of cancer called medulloblastoma. 

Diagnosed at 2 years old, Dylan now 8 has been through a series of operations, chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments. 

Sadly, in 2018 he relapsed and began an experimental treatment called MEMMET. 

This treatment however, is not available through the NHS so the family have been fundraising for his treatment. 

Mum Jess is now raising money to continue this treatment, she told us why he needs it:

"I don't want to see him suffer anymore. His quality of life with this treatment is such that he isn't suffering.

He isn't watching his friends play, he is playing with them.

He isn't watching his brothers go to school, he's going with them."

Dylan receives a injection of chemotherapy into his brain, which is invasive but Jess says he is back in school by the afternoon, whereas with previous treatments he was sick and poorly constantly.

Dylan and brothers

Jess is currently paying £3,000 every four weeks for Dylan’s medical bills, with the potential for the cost to go up as and when Dylan’s needs change.

To raise money for this life changing treatment, Jess is walking from her home in Aston Clinton to their local park, and onto 5 more.

It will be held on May 6th, the anniversary of Dylan's diagnosis.

Jess says that she doesn't like that date, which is why she choose it:

"Its to showcase the 6 years he has been fighting this but also the 6 years of life Dylan has had and the memories he has made.

"I came up with the idea to visit 6 of Dylan's favourite parks and these are all parks that he has played and Pokemon hunted in. 

"When he was on certain chemotherapy protocols we would go first thing in the morning or later at night. When he was better we've met friends there, we've had birthday party's there and we've enjoyed making memories at all of these parks. 

"Its about making memories and reclaiming that date."

The Superhero Foundation, a charity founded by Jamie McDonald, is supporting this challenge through advice and helping Jess claim Gift Aid on donations.

Last year, dressed as alter-ego Adventureman, Jame broke the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance covered on a treadmill in 7 days, just weeks after finishing his 210 marathon.

Jamie said,

“Every kid deserves quality of life and to spend as much time as possible with their family; that's all we want for Dylan.

"I hope that with our support, as well as support from the wider community, we can continue to help Dylan receive the treatment that he so desperately needs.

"In an ideal world, money for treatments shouldn’t be a worry for anyone - until then, we'll continue to do what we do.”

The parks being visited are:

  • Aston clinton Park.
  • Weston Turville Park.
  • Stoke Mandeville Park.
  • Vale Park.
  • Alfred Rose Park.
  • Bedgrove Park.

To donate visit their virginmoneygiving page, and to follow his journey visit their Facebook page.

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