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Bucks grandad overwhelmed by fundraising donations

Darren's friend set up a page to raise money for his cancer treatment.

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 1:23pm 1st April 2020. 2-minute read.

Bucks grandad overwhelmed by fundraising donations

A Buckinghamshire man has been overwhelmed by support shown for his fundraising.

Darren Rutter, from Aston Clinton in Buckinghamshire, fell ill on holiday with his partner Judith in October 2019 and was advised to return home immediately.

After an initial misdiagnosis, Darren was told he has two forms of cancer.

One adenocarcinoma which is a common form of prostate cancer, the other is squamous cell carcinoma which is a skin cancer rare in prostate cancer cases and aggressive.

Darren Rutter

Darren's life long friend set up the gofundme page which at first he was against:

"To be honest I was very reluctant at first for them to set it up. I am a very proud man and I don't like to think people are spending their hard earned money to support me. 

"I have been absolutely blown away with the support though.

"It really has lifted me in my battle, it really has."

Although Darren had been scheduled for chemotherapy, which was cancelled amid the coronavirus pandemic, a specialist he visited recommended this isn't the best course of action. 

Instead he will begin a form of proton therapy treatment, the initial cost of this is £26,000. 

Darren Rutter

Darren has had to pay this upfront, which has put a financial strain on an already difficult situation. 

This fundraising page has been organised to help with the cost, especially following the cancellation of a social event planned.

Donations have come from friends, family and even strangers, he told Mix96 what that means to him:

"Family is everything to me. I have three wonderful sons, a daughter and a grandaughter who mean the world to me.

"So seeing a bit more of them.... However successful this treatment is if this gives me a few years with them then that would amazing."

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