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Appeal boost for Westbury brain tumour boy Alexander, 2, who needs £150,000 for US proton treatment

From Western Daily Press

The family of a two-year-old with a rare brain tumour who needs a treatment only available in America said the support of a major national charity means they can now hope for ‘the best Christmas present ever’.

The parents of little Alexander Vinson, from Dilton Marsh, near Westbury in Wiltshire, are faced with the daunting task of quickly raising £150,000 to send their son to the US for groundbreaking proton beam therapy.

The two-year-old has been diagnosed with a rare atypical teratoid rhabdoid brain tumour, known as ATRT. The fast-growing tumour is developing swiftly in Alexander’s brain and spinal cord, giving his parents Philip and Raluca a race against time.

Alexander has already undergone two eight-hour operations at Southampton hospital to remove approximately 80 per cent of the tumour. He is already undergoing chemotherapy and will receive radiation treatment when he turns three.

Full story here: http://www.westerndailypress.co.uk/Appeal-boost-Westbury-brain-tumour-boy-Alexander/story-28086156-detail/story.html

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