THE family of a young man with leukaemia are desperately trying to extend his life long enough for him to receive potentially lifesaving treatment.

Daniel Moxon, 23, of Swanee Road, Kendray, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia - cancer of the white blood cells - three years ago and underwent a bone marrow transplant.

Although he was not given the 'all-clear', he had responded well to the treatment and was told relapse was unlikely.

However, earlier this year, he noticed bruising on his body which was later identified as a sign of the disease had returned.

He was initially placed on a new drug but, after this resulted in nerve damage, underwent chemotherapy.

While this eased the spread of the disease, it did not eradicate it and Daniel was told last week nothing further could be done.

He has now been given between a couple of weeks and a couple of months to live and his family say they are now 'frantically' doing everything they can to find alternative treatments and raise the cash to pay for them.

His aunt Melanie Torley, 43, of The Poplars, Kendray, said they had been told of treatment at the Royal Marsden, a specialist cancer hospital in London, that may be able to cure Daniel or at least extend his life but that the funding may not be available on the NHS.

She said: "Last Tuesday, the doctor said that was it, it was time to stop fighting but Daniel's view was it was time to fight harder than before.

"We've been given so much help from people telling us where to go and we were looking at a place in Texas this week but just a consultation would cost $34,100 (about £22,337).

"By the time we raise enough money for that it might be too late but, if Royal Marsden can't cure him, they could give him life-prolonging treatment that would allow us to get to Texas."

She added the family had been helped by Barclays bank in setting up an account for the Daniel Moxon Chance for Life Appeal and would be holding several fundraising events. She added any surplus cash raised would be donated to the Anthony Nolan Bone Marrow Trust and the Teenage Cancer Trust.

A benefit concert will be held at Barnsley Central WMC on July 30 at 7.30pm, which will also include bingo and a raffle.