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Family of teenager battling cancer thank public after £100,000 raised for Germany treatment

Connah Haslam Photo: MEN Syndication

The mother of a teenager from Bury given just days to live has thanked the public for their generosity after packing up the family car and heading for Germany for potentially life-saving treatment.

Connah Haslam, aged 19, made a heart-rending video plea. He said: “I need help off you guys. I need you to be as supportive as you can, send as many donations as you can and I need the money by Monday or I will be dead.”

Connah, from Unsworth in Bury, has been battling a form of bone cancer - Ewings Sarcoma - for the past five years.But in recent months, his condition has detoriated and his family were told on Friday that the NHS had no further treatment options available.

His mum Kelly then launched her desperate appeal to try and raise £200,000 in 48 hours to send Connah for pioneering treatment in southern Germany, and has so far raising more than £100,000. Kelly says the family has been completely overwhelmed by the response but urged people to dig deep to help save their son.

The Hallwang Clinic, a specialist private treatment centre, has said it could start treating him if the family can raise 80 per cent of the £200,000 treatment as a deposit. But Kelly revealed that because Connah is so sick, they set off for Germany to begin the treatment as soon as possible. They had to travel by car as Connah is too ill to fly.

In a post on Connah’s Justgiving page, she said: “Thank you so much for the donations so far it has been absolutely overwhelming! We have had to set off to Germany!

“As Connah couldn’t wait any longer, we will get him as much treatment as possible with ur amazing donations! Keep it coming if you can guys! Then we can get him the full treatment! We can’t believe how generous people have been! Words can’t express our thanks! Xx”.