Crowdfunder launched to support Amesbury dad's cancer battle

Crowdfunder launched to support Amesbury dad's cancer battle

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 5:53am 13th March 2020. (Updated at 7:28am 13th March 2020)

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Andy White's daughters are aiming to raise as much money as possible for Cancer Research UK as he continues his fight.

Ellie White, who lives in Old Sarum, set up a JustGiving page for her dad. 

She's told Spire FM the care and support her dad has received both at Salisbury District Hospital and at Southampton General has been 'outstanding'.

They've set themselves a £10,000 fundraising target for charity, with the cause chosen as doctors treating Andy are funded by Cancer Research UK.

Andy White from Amesbury - crowdfunder launched to support Cancer Research UK
Andy with her daughters Ellie (left) and Marcy

ANDY'S STORY

The 52 year old first went to get himself checked out after a persistent sore throat, which turned out to be a tumour, caused by the HPV virus.

That's the virus that teenagers are now vaccinated against in Years 8 and 9.

Andy had to have tough radiotherapy after the disease spread to his lymph nodes.

During that process, Andy also suffered a collapsed airway - but collaborative work by Salisbury and Southampton hospitals meant his treatment wasn't disrupted.

Andy White from Amesbury - crowdfunder launched to support Cancer Research UK
Andy's currently undergoing treatment at Southampton, travelling down each time he needs to

His cancer has now spread to the brain, lungs and liver.

Andy's now undergoing immunotherapy treatment, which is not given to many patients due to its expense and strict criteria.

His daughters have described their dad as 'resilient' and a 'fighter' - so the family wants to 'give something back' to those that have been helping him.

On their JustGiving page, Ellie White said: 

"I am asking for any donation big or small to give something back to these amazing people and the research they do. Without the NHS, staff, Macmillan and Cancer Research UK, we would not be in this position today to be able to keep fighting and hoping and praying this immunotherapy is successful at killing his cancer.

"52 is far too young, my dad has always given his everything to anyone he has met and would help anyone in need, he has a heart of gold, he also has his grandchildren to watch grow up and teach them all his wisdom and life stories."

There's been almost £500 raised towards their overall target, within just a few days so far, 

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