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Terminally ill man 'cancer free' after treatment in US

Mike and Kate Brandon in the USA Credit: Kate Brandon

A man diagnosed with terminal cancer has been given the all clear after treatment in the US.

  • Watch Mike and Kate Brandon's story here:

Mike and Kate Brandon, from Bristol, raised over £450,000 for last-hope T-Cell therapy abroad.

The 32-year-old's latest biopsy results have come back all clear for the second time since he began treatment.

They have now said they plan to help other patients and their families have some financial support once T-Cell Therapy is available in the UK.

The couple have started a new campaign called #Donate4TCells to help those like Mike who are facing a terminal diagnosis and "have no other hope".

Kate raised more than £450,000 to fund treatment for Mike Credit: Kate Brandon

After being told that there were no medical options left available in the UK, Kate Brandon had just two weeks to raise £400,000 so her husband Mike could fly to the US and participate in a clinical trial using his own T cells at the University of Pennsylvania’s Abramson Cancer Center.

Without Kate, many times over I would not be here. I wouldn't. I was ready to call it a day when the consultant told me that it had relapsed and it had relapsed hard.

But Kate just went 'no, no, there's options and we're going to find them and we're going to do it'.

– Mike Brandon

Thanks to generous donors, Kate raised the money for the treatment and couple were ecstatic with the results.

We are absolutely over the moon and enjoying every moment together. We have more tests ahead but, right now, we couldn't be happier.

Prior to starting the trial, Mike’s bone marrow was made up of 90% leukemia cells and he was given weeks to live but thanks to the cutting edge CAR T-cell therapy he received in the US he is now cancer free.

– Kate Brandon, wife

When launching the GoFundMe campaign to raise funds, Kate also released a heartfelt video asking people to share his story and donate to the cause.

The appeal touched the heart of the nation, became an instant online sensation and the life-saving, six-figure, sum was raised in a matter of days.

Mike and Kate's wedding Credit: Brandon family

The therapy Mike received works by genetically modified T-cells harnessing the body’s own immune system, using it to recognise and fight leukaemic cells in the body.

The Brandons say the treatment has shown extraordinary results in the USA, particularly when treating Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL).

The therapy, although life-saving, can be completely brutal in its effects on the body.

The battle is long, terrifying and the financial and emotional burden on families is heavy and this is why we have set up this new GoFundMe campaign.

We think it’s essential to have a fund ready for patients and their families, to help support them through the rollercoaster that will lie ahead.

– Kate Brandon, wife
Kate and Mike on their way to the USA Credit: Brandon family

This is why we have started this new campaign called #Donate4TCells to fundraise for Bristol hospital charity, Above & Beyond. It’s designed to help those like Mike who are facing a terminal diagnosis and have no other hope.

There is no doubt that CAR T-Cell therapy is one of the most exciting developments in the fight against cancer in years. The treatment is, quite obviously, so incredibly effective that we hope one day soon it will be available to others in the UK.

– Kate Brandon, wife

Sarah Talbot-Williams, from Above and Beyond, said: "To see Kate and Mike doing so well is absolutely fantastic and we couldn’t be happier to have them back in Bristol.

"It’s often the little things that make the biggest difference to patient experience, and that’s exactly what Kate and Mike’s new #Donate4TCells fund will do; take away the everyday worries so patients and families can concentrate on their treatment and spending precious time with their loved ones."