An Overslade boy has flown to Florida to have life-saving treatment for a rare type of cancer.
Adrian Secareanu, 12, will receive treatment against Mucoepidermoid Carcinoma, a tumour in his neck and jaw.
Following several operations to remove it, he is having proton therapy to prevent it returning in a more aggressive form.
Chesterfield-based national charity Kids ‘N’ Cancer’ recently launched a campaign to aid Adrian and his family in raising £10,000 to assist his parents as they take time off work to join him in Florida. The family will spend a minimum of three months in America for the treatment.
So far Adrian’s JustGiving page has raised just under £3,000 in donations from friends, family and strangers from around the world. Contributions range from £5 to £500, many with messages of support and compassion.
However, more funding is needed to help make sure Adrian’s parents can remain in America for the entire time he is at the proton therapy institute.
Waiting at Heathrow airport, Adrian’s mother Corina said: “In a weird way we are excited to go out there. Adrian will be receiving the proton treatment he needs and we’re hopeful that it will go well for him.”
Adrian said: “I’d like to thank everyone at Kids ‘N’ Cancer so much for the help they have given me and my family. Without all of their hard work I would not be going to America for this opportunity.”
Mike Hyman, founder of Kids ‘N’ Cancer, added: “We wish Adrian and his family well. The response from the public has been fantastic and we’d like to thank everyone who has donated to the campaign.
“We will be supporting the family throughout their journey in America and providing assistance wherever it is needed. So we need more funds to make sure the family remains together throughout the treatment period.”
This year’s Chesterfield and Derbyshire Marathon, on September 14, is in aid of Kids ‘N’ Cancer, along with other charities and good causes.