Orpington dad in race against time to raise funds for cancer treatment
PUBLISHED: 16:36 01 August 2016 | UPDATED: 16:36 01 August 2016
He hopes to live long enough to see his two children grow up
The friends and family of an Orpington father with a rare form of stomach cancer are racing against time to raise £100,000 so he can undergo life-saving treatment.
Dad-of-two Adrian Hosken, 39, has already defied the odds to live longer than expected and is determined to see his daughter Adriela reach her tenth birthday in 2025.
But wife Angela has only a few weeks to raise money for the treatment that could help him spend more time with nine-month-old Adriela and their son Noah, who is almost three years old.
The family has set up a GoFundMe campaign and has already raised more than £25,000 for alternative treatments, including pioneering immunotherapy.
Mr Hosken has been battling a very rare stomach cancer for the past five years and has already endured 11 gruelling operations and chemotherapy, but they have not stopped the cancer returning.
“I’m only 39 and just not ready to leave my wife and two young children yet,” he said. “I was told I couldn’t have children after my cancer but I did and now I’m determined to spend as much time watching them grow up as I possibly can.
“I was supposed to die on Valentine’s Day this year but I’m still here so I’ve done pretty well to get to this stage. I’ve come to the end of the conventional treatment options now though so we are looking at alternative options that might keep me around for as long as possible – so I can spend more precious time with my little babies.”
Mr Hosken has adenocarcinoma, which kills 90 per cent of the people that have it within five years.
He sees son Noah as a miracle, as he did not have any sperm at one stage and even the frozen sample he stored before chemotherapy was completely destroyed by the cancer.
To make a donation to the fundraising campaign, visit https://www.gofundme.com/Adrian2025