Appeal to help 9-year-old Orpington boy Ben Simpson fight brain tumour

PUBLISHED: 21:54 27 December 2017 | UPDATED: 21:54 27 December 2017

Ben Simpson. Picture: Laura Simpson

Ben Simpson. Picture: Laura Simpson


Medical help that could save a nine-year-old boy suffering from brain cancer could be within reach if a Go Fund Me appeal is successful.

Ben Simpson, from Orpington, has to raise the £100,000 within weeks to give him a fighting chance of beating his grade four cancer with proton beam therapy, not available in the UK.

It is hoped innovative treatment will save his life and he has already won support from Fred Sirieix from Channel 4’s First Date.

At the time of writing, the appeal was around £7,000.

One of five children, Ben has grade four medulloblastoma, the most aggressive form of brain cancer.

His mother Laura said: “He has a huge fight on his hands. It was only four months ago that we got the news no parents should ever hear.

“He went from a happy, fun child who loved playing with his brothers and sisters to being sick every day. He lost a massive amount of weight and had to put up with appallingly severe headaches.

“It took numerous hospital visits and an MRI scan to confirm our worst fear – a brain tumour the size of an orange.”

A 13-hour operation removed the tumour.

Laura said: “It could return anywhere if not quickly treated.

“He needs both radio and chemotherapy for eight months.

“Proton beam therapy is available abroad and uses a high powered laser beam to eliminate most of the risks and give him the best possibility of a normal happy long life.

“Ben’s cancer diagnosis has taught us that nothing but our health, precious family and friends matter. We have to give Ben the best chance and will do whatever it takes to save our precious boy.”

Fred Sirieix said: “This little boy from Kent needs 100k to get the life saving treatment for his condition. Twitter-let’s help him.”

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