A Cheshire mum has described her husband’s diagnosis with an incredibly rare bone cancer as a “crushing blow” to his family. Kyle Donnelly, 37, began chemotherapy in September after being diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, a bone cancer usually diagnosed in children and adolescents.
Kyle’s wife Kate, 34, says that the chances of Kyle developing this type of cancer at his age were “one in a million”. Now the family are raising money to fund innovative surgery abroad in a bid to cure him.
Kate said: “The type of chemotherapy given for this type of cancer is extremely intense and means that he stays in hospital for around four to five days at a time, but so far he has been tackling this like an absolute superhero despite how gruelling and awful it is.
“I can’t say I am surprised by this,” Kate added. “Kyle is a strong, wonderful, kind, loving person and most importantly the most incredible daddy to his little boys.
“He will fight this with everything he has and will not stop, but as you can imagine it has been a devastating blow to us all as a family and has altered our lives forever, something that we are still trying to come to terms with.”
Surgery is highly unlikely due to the position of the cancer and conventional radiotherapy offered on the NHS – Proton Beam Therapy – is not viable as a long-term solution.
A handful of clinics around the world offer an innovative form of radiotherapy known as Carbon Ion Beam Therapy, which, she says, has the potential to cure Kyle, a quantity surveyor from Macclesfield. The treatment is not on the NHS approved funding list, though Kyle’s oncologist agrees that the treatment would be a good option for Kyle.
The family must raise £70,000 in order to fund the therapy. Kate says it is “the only remaining treatment option” for her husband, who, she says, is a “superhero”.
At the time of writing, the family has raised £55,122 through a GoFundMe appeal. Kyle has already been accepted for treatment at a facility in Austria.