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Newark family fundraising £100,000 to support former Newark Town Football Club player who is suffering from rare cancer

A father fundraising £100,000 to save his son’s life says he wishes he could thank every single person who has donated so far.

Dan Evans’ family set up a GoFundMe page to pay for a combination of drugs and treatment privately for his son after being told there was no more viable treatment left available on the NHS.

Within days it had raised more than £42,000.

Dan and Mark Evans at the Arsenal Emirates Stadium.
Dan and Mark Evans at the Arsenal Emirates Stadium.

Dan, 18, of Newark was diagnosed with stage four Primary Mediastinal B Cell Lymphoma (PMBCL) a year ago.

He has endured chemotherapy, radiotherapy, clinical trials and CAR T treatments, however, all have failed.

They have now discovered a combination of drugs – which have proved successful in trial – could treat him, but is not available on the NHS for Dan’s form of cancer.

People can donate to the GoFundMe page at https://shorturl.at/qruyD.

Mark said: “It is absolutely amazing. It is incredible that people can be so generous and not only that but so generous at this time of the year — Christmas and New Year.

“People already made their plans and spent money on their families and taking their time out to consider Dan with him being so poorly and donate is amazing.”

People have been setting up fundraising events for Dan including raffles, which they have then donated to the GoFundMe page.

“It is truly outstanding, if I could thank every single person in person I would.

“I can’t say thank you enough and I know that Dan feels the same, we all do as a family.

“It is quite astonishing to raise such an amount in a short space of time at this time of the year.”

Dan, a former pupil of Sir William Robertson Academy, Welbourn, will need at least eight or nine cycles of the combination medications, administered every 21 days intravenously.

The medications are over £10,000 for a single cycle, based on the NHS prices, that the family has access to. However, it does not include staffing costs and other medications needed.

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