A family is hoping to raise £10,000 so they can be with 10-year-old Mikey Wells when he goes to America for potentially life-saving treatment.
Mikey from Wellingborough has been fighting a brain tumour for nearly three years after being diagnosed just days before Christmas 2011.
He had 12 hours of surgery to remove the tumour which was wrapped around the brain stem.
While it couldn’t be fully removed, doctors were able to take part of it away and Mikey got to go home at the end of February 2012.
But just months later the family was told the tumour had started to grow back.
The brave youngster started chemotherapy but it was unsuccessful, and while doctors tried four different chemotherapy drugs during the next two years, the tumour didn’t respond to any of them.
Mikey had to undergo more surgery in June this year and a large section of the tumour was taken away, but it still couldn’t be fully removed.
His family was told last month that the tumour was still growing, and they were running out of options to try.
The tumour is still around the brain stem and has grown into the middle of his brain so doctors are trying another chemotherapy drug.
In preparation for the news that the tumour has not responded to this either, Mikey has been referred for proton therapy in America and if his case is successful, the NHS will fund his treatment.
But if the family wants to be with Mikey when he relocates to America for eight to 12 weeks, they have to find the money themselves.
They need to raise a minimum of £10,000 to cover the cost of what the NHS does not fund and to ensure that Mikey’s experience of the treatment is as smooth and comfortable as possible.
Mikey’s mum Donna said: “When Mikey was diagnosed, he was in hospital on his own and the only time he thrived was when his brother came in to see him.
“I don’t want him to give up hope as he hasn’t got his family there.
“It would break my heart if we couldn’t go out there with him.”
People have already started donating to the appeal, with more than £1,750 raised by more than 100 people in just a week.
A spokesman for Alfe’s Cause, a charity supporting the Wells’ appeal, said: “Fighting cancer is hard enough for a child without the added stress of the treatment you need being hundreds of miles away and the threat of having to be separated from your family to stand the best chance of beating the brain tumour as proton therapy is currently unavailable in the UK.”
Anyone who would like to make a donation can go to http://www.gofundme.com/MikeyWells.