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Young Man's Family Help To Extend His Life

Wednesday July 31 2013

We Are Barnsley We Are Barnsley

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.

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Reply Posted by John on Wednesday July 31 2013 at 21:45
An expert 2nd opinion is available free of charge in the NHS and if that found that there was a viable treatment it would be offered to this young man. So it's a disgrace that there are unscrupulous foreign companies willing to take tens of thousands of pounds from desperate people who have had the best possible medical advice already & understandably just can't come to terms with it yet.

Reply Posted by Melanie on Thursday August 1 2013 at 08:23
Thank you for taking time to comment John. I'm Daniel's aunty and am pleased to inform you that Daniel has received an expert 2nd opinion free of charge on the NHS at The Royal Marsden. During that appointment Daniel's condition was assessed and various tests done. During that appointment the Doctor informed us that the USA are far more advanced than and forward thinking in treatment than we are here in the UK and advised us to carry on fundraising as treatment is costly. The Doctor also stated that there is hope for Daniel.

It's an unfortunate fact that the NHS, as brilliant as it is, does not have a never ending budget and there are tight financial constraints, which means on occasion some patients are enforced to seek help outside of the system.

Far from being prayed on by an unscrupulous foreign company, we are seeking help from one of the top oncology centres in the USA and indeed the world. We have done thorough research on this and are not embarking on this approach naively.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their kind support of The Daniel Moxon Chance for Life Appeal. You can follow Daniel's progress on Facebook at

Reply Posted by John on Thursday August 1 2013 at 08:51
Thanks for posting the reply above Melanie. I'm glad what you are doing is based on the good advice you received, I judged the situation wrongly & i'm sorry for my remarks. Good luck to all of you.

Reply Posted by Craig on Thursday August 1 2013 at 14:37
at 22 grand im glad its not on the nhs, im really sorry this young lads going through this but enoug is enough if you cant live a full and healthy life was it the point of trying any further. if i was in this situation i would try, of course i would but i would know when to give in. sometimes no hope is the best hope.

Reply Posted by Melanie on Thursday August 1 2013 at 17:16
You are wrongly assuming that after treatment Daniel will not lead a healthy life. Once he gets a bone marrow transplant, there is absolutely no reason why he shouldn't live a full, healthy long life. There are many leukaemia survivors out there that would testify to that.

Do you think it's fair then that chemo, at the exact same cost is offered to 80 year old pensioners that have already had a full life? What price exactly do you put on a life? I can assure you that when it is one of your loved ones you would do and pay anything.

Would you turn chemo or radiotherapy down if you had the dreaded C word or would you just accept your lot. I hope you never have to go through this to find that out though.

Reply Posted by Craig on Friday August 2 2013 at 15:06
No mel, i think penisoners get far too much care. unless you are fully mobile and healthy there is no point anyone living past 80 and yes that includes my grandparents.
as for this young lad, if he makes a full recovery then fair play i wish him all the best but what are his chances is it 50/50 or better?

For me it depends on how old i was. i feel like now at 28 if there was great possabilty i would live then yeah lets go for it but if not i would accept it, like many other situations in my life. if i was 70+ i would throw in the towel and bow out peacefully. lifes for the fit not the weak

Reply Posted by Craig on Friday August 2 2013 at 15:09
Also mel he has been given a couple of weeks to live maybe more if he's lucky.
so im sad to say that this lad proably wont make it.

Reply Posted by Cathy on Thursday August 1 2013 at 15:35
Good Luck to this young man and his family, where there is life there is hope.

Reply Posted by karl thomas on Friday August 2 2013 at 18:18
craig as a 28 year old you dont show very much maturity or compassion, if you dont have anything positive to say keep it to yourself, this lad and his family are asking for help to prolong his life or maybe even cure his condition, so positivity would help alot. melanie i hope he gets the treatment and all the best

Reply Posted by michelle on Friday August 2 2013 at 18:47
daniel didnt ask for his health problems nor could he prevent it in any way, hes only 23 and barely lived half his life and with his illness im sure hes had a terrible time there is no doubt about that. however he is fighting on and still wants to fight on and beat this illness or at least try to, yes he may not survive and it may beat him eventually but at least then he and his family can be proud and say at least he tried, at least he didn't give up at the first hurdle. and as for Craig's other comment of "sometimes no hope is the best hope" there is always hope in life no matter what the situation is, as long as you believe in it and are determined then hope is the best thing you could ever want or wish for... Daniel is an inspiration to many others and i sincerely hope he gets further treatment to either prolong his life for a few more years or even better to beat it. Melanie what you have achieved so far and what you are prepared to do for him is fantastic work and i admire you greatly for that, however do not let yourself be angered by foolish unnecessary comments (like above) daniel will fight and will beat this and if he dont then at least he tried. but no matter what happens you will always be proud of him for it :)

Reply Posted by disgusted on Friday August 2 2013 at 18:49
oh my god what an horrible person you are craig, your obviously either a very imature or absolutely heartless person if this was a member of my family i would do whatever i could no matter what the cost and how dare you say people like my dad who is 84 should be left to die he is a better man then you will ever be i hope you or your family are never struck with cancer and you dont live to be 80 and left to die

Reply Posted by Teresa on Friday August 2 2013 at 18:51
Nhs get some funding out to help this young innocent man who so much deserves to live instead of wasting it on drug users what don't help them selves and and end up going bk on drugs and so to our government sending aid to other country's. we have ill people here as well our own British

Reply Posted by clare on Saturday August 3 2013 at 20:15
Craig how could u even say that, they may have only given him a few weeks to a couple of months to live but he's a fighter. He has a lot of support and people around him who care and are willing to help him. He is 23 year old that is no age to die and no one should give up on him and that's exactly what they haven't done there's no doubt in my mind that the money won't be raised becasue of the amazin generosuity of people and all what daniels family and friends are doing for him. I just think u shouldn't of commented like that imagine if it was a family member of urs or a good friend seriously think u need to be careful what u say cos u cud upset a lot of people everyone is tryin there best to raise this money for daniel and they won't give up so if u haven't anything nice to say please don't comment

Reply Posted by maz on Saturday August 3 2013 at 20:40
dan is a lovely lad craig you disgust me and everyone else saying things like that ,and he will keep fighting so craig get back into hole you came out of , WE KNOW YOU CAN WIN BECAUSE YOUR SUPER DAN X

Reply Posted by mal on Sunday August 4 2013 at 22:31
god help any children that Craig has or will have in the future cos with that attitude they would certainly need gods help, keep on fighting Dan with your positivity and familys support who knows what can happen x best of luck to you x

Reply Posted by Sarah farmer on Monday August 5 2013 at 16:52
Daniel is my nephew and deserves nothing but the best and we his family will do absolutely anything we can to get him the treatment he deserves if you have nothing nice to post then please keep your opinions to yourself imagine how you would feel if this were your son, grandson. Nephew or cousin

Reply Posted by Kirsty on Monday August 5 2013 at 16:55
Craig your obviously both uneducated and over opinionated. I'm sure you wouldn't hold the same opinions if it was one of your relatives! If you've nothing supportive to say you should keep your narrow minded comments to yourself!

Reply Posted by Job blob on Monday August 5 2013 at 18:59
As for your comment about older people. If you are lucky enough to grow from a juvenile idiot to a mature adult. You will find your feelings about dying do not lessen. I am 65 have survived cancer and still want to live longer yet. I suppose with your comments I should not have been treated. I have worked for 50 years and paid into the NHS so I have earned the right to be treated. Do you have a job? And do you pay into the system.? Daniel has paid in.

Reply Posted by Melanie on Monday August 5 2013 at 22:04
Thank you to all the WABers for their kind comments and support in favour of Daniel. Daniel is my nephew and I just hope that should I ever have to face anything like this I can do it with the courage, bravery and positivity that he has. Daniel is a lovely young man with an amazing outlook and attitude and he is a fine example to society.

I've been asked a few times now how people can donate to the appeal, so here's the link, your donations are very much appreciated. www.gofundme.com/DanielMoxonAppeal

Reply Posted by Dawn on Monday August 5 2013 at 22:15
And I'm his mum and this has left his family broken hearted. Beyond words. But thanks to his brilliant friends and family I just know he's going to be just fine. Thanks to the rest of you for your kind comments with the exception of all but one xxx

Reply Posted by Nora on Tuesday August 6 2013 at 11:42
Craig. Would you dare to identify yourself ?

Reply Posted by Rachel on Tuesday August 6 2013 at 13:24
Daniel is an amazing inspirational young man, my son has many medical problems and if he grows up with the same determination fight politeness courage and bravery as Daniel does then I will be a very happy mum, Daniel you really are inspirational.

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