Funds drummed up to help beat cancer
5:00am Tuesday 22nd April 2014 in By Marion Sauvebois
JUST 24 hours after a family sent out an urgent appeal for funds towards alternative cancer treatment for its patriarch Gerry Hunt, they have been inundated with offers of donations, supportive messages and advice on an array of new therapies.
On Saturday the Wroughton drummer’s relatives launched a campaign to find a cure for the 62-year-old non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma sufferer after he was told the NHS had exhausted all available treatments and was given up to four months to live by doctors.
His relatives, including his sons Darren and Jamie, and daughter-in-law Lindsay, set out to explore private options such as clinical trials and dietary treatments not yet offered on the NHS.
By Sunday they had received £275 in donations, literature on possible remedies, valuable leads into new therapies as well as emails of encouragement from the public.
“The response has been fantastic,” said his daughter-in-law Lindsay, 34, of West Swindon. “We didn’t know what to expect.
“So far since Gerry was featured on Saturday we have received £275 in donations. It has all been happening so fast. We’ve only just put up a donation site up and we’ve had a massive £60 from one person.
“We have had lots of emails from people offering advice on alternative treatments. It’s encouraging to see so many people supporting him.
“They really want to help. It has given us different leads and given Darren and Jamie things they had not considered, like B17 vitamins.
“We are desperately trying to find something and this gives us hope.”
Gerry was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2011 before entering remission in 2013. Yet by August of that same year he was told the cancer had returned.
Lymphomas are cancers of the lymphatic system, which forms part of the body’s immune system.
Despite an aggressive course of chemotherapy and stem cell transplant, Gerry, who plays in band Shred with his two sons Darren and Jamie, experienced a setback and has now been given between two and four months to live.
“It was a shock when we found out the cancer was back,” added mother-of-two Lindsay.
“He has been through so much. You would think the chemo would have killed everything.
“It’s not fair but it’s good for morale to think there is so much support out there. And if anybody else has any guidance or success stories they could share with us that would be appreciated.”
His son and fellow Shred bandmates will be holding a concert on Saturday, May 3, at Rodbourne Cheney Working Men’s Club.
The concert will start at 6pm. Tickets are £5. To book or donate raffle prizes email Carole Hunt on firstname.lastname@example.org To make a donation visit www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/gerry-wants-to-kick-cancers-ass-/167901.