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Man with leukaemia flies to US for life saving treatment

A man with leukaemia who's wife raised more than £400,000 for life saving treatment is to fly to America today.

Mike and his wife Kate are taking on his cancer battle together. Credit: ITV West Country

Mike Brandon was told by doctors in Bristol they could no longer treat him.

So his wife Kate made an online plea to the world for donationsto pay for pioneering treatment in America.

He was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in 2014.


Woman raises £400,000 to fund potentially life saving treatment for her dying husband

Mike and Kate Brandon are in a race against time Credit: Go Fund Me

Mike Brandon has terminal cancer but his wife Kate is desperately trying to raise the money to access potentially life saving treatment.

He was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in 2014.

33-year-old Kate is in a race against time to get her husband on to a new clinical trial in the US which could potentially cure him of cancer.


Generous ITV viewers raise more than £1000 so cancer patient can marry her carer

The couple say they now have enough to pay for the big day. Credit: ITV News

Yesterday ITV News brought you the story of a young woman with cancer trying to raise enough money to marry her carer before her condition gets worse.

Since then, many people have come forward with generous offers to help the young couple from Wiltshire.

We've fielded offers of a free bridal dress, photoshoot and videographer.

28-year-old Laura Saull has stage four cancer, which has spread to her spine, lungs, ovaries and brain. She and her partner Sam Vickery are keen to get married as soon as possible - and are relying on crowdfunding to help them.

Thanks to your generosity, the total has risen by more than a thousand pounds overnight, and the couple say they now have enough to pay for the big day.

The total raised so far (17 February) Credit: Crowdfunding website

The couple have expressed their gratitude to donators.

We're so grateful for how much has been given. It really will allow us to have the magical day we wanted.

– Laura Saull


Mum gives birth early to fight cancer

Heidi Loughlin has given birth 12 weeks early Credit: Heidi Loughlin

A pregnant woman has given birth to her baby 12 weeks prematurely - so that she can begin treatment for breast cancer.

Heidi Loughlin, from Portishead, has a rare and aggressive form of the disease.

Doctors have recommended that she undertake intensive therapy, which could save her life, but would put the baby's health at risk. For months she's put her life at risk to save the life of her baby.

Today (Dec 11) Ally Louise Smith was born.

Keith and I are absolutely thrilled to announce the safe arrival of our daughter formally known as chocolate mousse.

She was born today via c section at 1237. She came out foot first and is breathing on her own. She weighs 2lb 5ozs. She has a Loughlin nose and she has more hair than me!!!

Will post photos soon but in the mean time please welcome Ally Louise Smith xxxxxx

– Heidi Loughlin

Bristol home to preventative cancer research

Credit: PA

A £4 million research programme to try and prevent and predict cancer development has begun in Bristol.

The 5 year programme is a partnership between the city's university and Cancer Research UK. It will use advances in genetics and molecular technology to understand the causes of the disease, and to inform the development of preventative interventions in people at risk of, or diagnosed with, cancer.

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