A Scunthorpe dad is determined to still be around to see his youngest child grow up after being told he could only have 12 months to live.
David Hopkins world came crashing down when he was diagnosed with the most aggressive form of brain cancer earlier this year.
He was dealt the devastating news alone in hospital, due to Covid restrictions in place.
Doctors told David – who is father to Dylan, 24, Lydia, 20 and Sydney, 9 – that his chances are slim relying on chemotherapy alone.
David, 45, is now desperately trying to raise £150,000 for cancer treatment abroad so he has more time to create memories with his family.
His family are hoping ground-breaking immunotherapy treatment in Germany could offer him a lifeline – but will need to raise £10,000 for January alone.
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David’s wife Nicki says that he intends to see his nine-year-old daughter grow up, and they will try everything to give him more time.
She said: “He first noticed a flicker in his eye when he was playing badminton with his daughter Lydia, which he put down to dehydration.
“But over the next few days there was a dull feeling that didn’t go away.
“The doctor diagnosed migraines at first, but after two weeks he went to A&E.
“He was there all alone because of Covid restrictions when he was told he had a Grade 4 Glioblastoma.
“It was devastating, and turned our world upside down.
“Within a week, he underwent surgery to remove 90 per cent of it at Hull Royal Infirmary, and was out within two days.
“But the statistics still aren’t good. We were told we could hope for 12 to 18 months, and it would have been less than six months if they hadn’t operated.
“The NHS can offer six weeks of intensive radiotherapy and chemotherapy, but that alone won’t be enough to give him much more time.”
Nicki and David spent weeks researching other options and potential trials until they heard about an immunotherapy treatment being developed in Germany.
The DCVax treatment aims to create a personalised immune therapy for each person.
Nicki said: “At the moment, you wouldn’t be able to tell there was anything wrong with David. He is still helping with the school runs and exercising.
“We believe this treatment can give him long-term quality of life. It’s important that he starts as soon as possible though.
“He is due to fly to Germany to begin it on January 4. The first month will cost £10,000 alone.
“We’ve never asked for anything before, but we need help in funding the treatment.
“He has a nine-year-old daughter that he wants to see grow up, and we will do anything to give him more time.”
More than £4,000 has already been donated to David’s Go Fund Me page, with David’s employer, Phillips 66 in South Killingholme, contributing an additional £3000 that has already been raised.
Anyone who wants to organise a fundraising event on David’s behalf should contact Nick on 07834974371 or firstname.lastname@example.org.