In September 2017 Mark Hayes was diagnosed with colorectal cancer. Mark and his wife Marie had just had twin girls 3 months before this devastating news. Having waited 12 years for their precious babies they now faced another very challenging time.
Treatment In Ireland
Following a course of radiation and chemotherapy Mark underwent surgery to remove a tumour in February 2018. Despite serious post op infection and follow up chemotherapy he recovered well and they thought this terrible time was behind them.
Unfortunately in November 2018 during a routine oncology review, Mark was told that the cancer had spread to his liver. He faced months of severe chemotherapy and in May 2019 he underwent major liver surgery to remove the tumours.
As he was recovering, and thinking they could finally begin to enjoy life with their girls, they were hit with yet another recurrence of liver metastases in August of this year. He has endured so much surgery & chemotherapy and his treatment options are now limited
Throughout all of this, Mark has remained extremely positive and is determined to persist with all possible treatments to continue to be a loving and supportive husband and an amazing daddy to his girls.
We are asking for help to allow Mark to avail of new treatments. One is an Immunotherapy treatment called Dendritic Cell Therapy (DCT), which is not yet available in Ireland or the UK but we have found clinics in Spain and Germany, that can offer
treatment early next year.
New Treatment Options
Help Us Make a Difference
Immunotherapy treatment called Dendritic Cell Therapy (DCT), which is not yet available in Ireland or the UK but we have found clinics in Spain and Germany that can offer treatment early next year. We will continue to search for any other treatments that could help Mark, in conjunction with standard chemotherapy.
These treatments come at a high cost but could give Mark a fighting chance at beating this relentless disease.
Change a Life
We never thought we would be in this situation and it's difficult to put pride aside and ask for help, but if you can, any donations would be greatly appreciated.
News & Updates
Mark & Marie are overwhelmed by the generosity shown to them and want to say THANK YOU to everyone who has donated to the campaign so far.
Treatment Options in Germany
We have found another clinic in Germany that offers Dendritic Cell Therapy. The protocols between the Spanish and German centre differ slightly so we are currently seeking advice on which would be the better option.
Based on published data and experience at these centers dendritic cell therapy can be successful for many types of cancer even in advanced stages of the disease and this included complete remission, partial remission, stable disease or mixed responses.
Mark will remain on chemotherapy also & this treatment can be received along with it. We will continue to research and investigate other treatments available.
Requesting Your Support
Every person has the chance to make a change for good — no matter how big or small. Whatever amount you can give, or time you are willing to dedicate, know that your contribution makes a difference in the lives of others. Your donation, together with those of our other supporters, brings us ever closer to our goals.
Go Fund Me Page
If you would like to make a donation to the Mark Hayes Treatment Fund please now that his family and friends will be forever grateful for your donation.
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