Fundraising For An Osteosarcoma Solution
“Look closely at my photo…can you spot it? I am holding a fake right arm that my gorgeous, talented girlfriend Becky made me for my Halloween costume last October. We were dressed as Jack the Pumpkin King (Becky) and Sally the humanoid ragdoll (me) from the film, A Nightmare Before Christmas. Even though I no longer have a right arm, that didn’t stop Becky from coming up with the perfect Halloween costume as we celebrated just the two of us in our first home together.”
This is an introduction from Scott Stinson’s GoFundMe campaign. Scott is Becky Hollis’ partner – Becky is our costume designer and wardrobe manager and one of Tracy Hawkes’ daughters (Tracy is our Principal & Artistic Director).
In April 2018, during the second year of his PhD studies at St. Andrews University, Scott was diagnosed Osteosarcoma, a rare type of bone cancer. He’s had his right arm and shoulder amputated since the cancer was not suppressed by the only known curative chemotherapy drugs that are available for Osteosarcoma.
A year after his diagnosis, the cancer has metastasized (spread) to the lungs and the oncologist has advised that any further treatment would be life-extending only (all possible curative treatments available on the NHS for this particular type of cancer have been exhausted).
After thorough research on other potential options, Scott has decided to pursue private drugs and treatments not yet available on the NHS, but are licensed and have been shown effective in other countries. These treatment packages cost up to £55,000 at a time with an indefinite monthly follow up care of up to £4000, as well as travel and accommodation costs incurred during treatment visits.
“I’ve got a lot more to offer than to just be the young man with cancer.” – Scott Stinson
Together, Scott, Becky and his family have set up a GoFundMe campaign – they have done amazingly well in a handful of weeks and are very close to achieving their goal amount to pursue treatment abroad.
If you’re able to donate, even a small amount can make a big difference
Other ways you can help
Please share Scott’s Sarcoma Solution campaign on social media:
Buy a product from Scott’s Helping Hand online store (run by volunteers + all products have been donated).
As well as raising funds for my further treatment, Scott wants to raise awareness for this rare type of cancer.
Sarcomas are rare cancers that develop in the supporting tissues of the body. Osteosarcoma is a type of cancer that starts in the bone.
‘Osteo’ comes from an ancient Greek word for bone. ‘Sarcoma’ is the name given to cancers that start in connective or supporting tissues, such as bone, fat, cartilage, blood vessels and muscle.
There are only about 580 new cases of primary bone cancers in the UK each year, and around 160 people are diagnosed with osteosarcoma each year. (Source: Bone Cancer Research Trust)
Although it can occur at any age, osteosarcoma usually develops in growing bones and is most often found in teenagers and young adults and is slightly more common in males.
Any bone in the body can be affected, but the most common sites are the arms or legs, especially around the knee joint.
If you or someone you care has been affected by cancer, there are lots of places where you can get free support and information, starting with Macmillan:
- Coping with cancer – support & information
- Find out more about Osteosarcoma on the Macmillan website
- Chat online or call Macmillan on 0808 808 00 00, 7 days a week, 8am-8pm
I understand this is a huge amount of money to ask from people. But raising these funds mean I have a chance to continue living my life with my wonderful girlfriend, family and friends. I can’t thank you enough for your support.