Poorly Joseph’s can­cer hope:

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page - By Stephen Briggs stephen.briggs@peter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk Twit­ter: @PTstephenB

The fam­ily of a teenage boy with a rare form of can­cer is ap­peal­ing for help to take him to Amer­ica to re­ceive vi­tal treat­ment. Peter­bor­ough teenager Joseph Ward was di­ag­nosed with the can­cer late last year - and has been at Ad­den­brook’s hos­pi­tal for more than a month while re­ceiv­ing treat­ment. The 15-year-old has been un­able to eat since be­ing di­ag­nosed as hav­ing the chor­doma - a con­di­tion that has only been recorded about 300 times in chil­dren be­fore. It is nor­mally found in pa­tients aged be­tween 40 and 60.

The tu­mour was found at the back of Joseph’s neck, grow­ing from his spinal root nerve.

Mum Caro­line said: “It is very rare, and it is not cur­able at the mo­ment. There is a treat­ment, pro­ton beam ther­apy, which can help pro­long his life, but­this is not avail­able in Bri­tain at the mo­ment.

“The NHS will fund the op­er­a­tion in Mi­ami, but we­need money to live out there while he is hav­ing the treat­ment.

“Doc­tors don’t know how long he will be in Mi­ami, but it will be for around eight weeks.”

Since be­ing di­ag­nosed, Joseph has had two lengthy op­er­a­tions, one last­ing more than 14 hours. His broth­ers, Ge­orge 6, Harry 4, Charles 3, will also join him in Amer­ica

Caro­line ( 35) said: “We don’t even know when he will be able to go to Mi­ami - it will be when he is well enough.

“We have put a go­fund me page on­line to help us go. Any ex­tra money will be used to help us re­fit his bed­room when he is well enough to come home.

“Heis a nor­mal 15-year-old - he likes com­put­ers, is amem­ber of the RAF cadets, en­joys bad­minton and bas­ket­ball.”

To do­nate to help the fam­ily, visit www.gofundme.com/fi­nan­cial-aid-for-the-ward­fam­ily

Joseph in hos­pi­tal and with his broth­ers

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