A recent application to the West Lancashire Freemasons Charity, by the Lancaster and District Group Chairman Neil McGill for funds towards the Proto Beam Therapy (PBT) Appeal has proven successful and the charity has awarded the wonderful sum of £5000. PBT is an advanced form of radiotherapy that uses high energy beam of protons. The Christie hospital in Manchester is home to the first high energy NHS PBT centre in the UK.
The appeal was made in the name of Emma Ellis who was last year diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer. Emma until her diagnosis, had served 22 years as caterer in Morecambe Masonic Hall and is well known by all local Masons.
Although some versions of this particular type of cancer can be treated with chemotherapy, radiotherapy and even surgery, Emma’s is a particularly vicious form which has wrapped itself around the main artery into her pancreas, rendering it sadly inoperable.
Currently Emma is unable to access treatment via the unit in Christie and is receiving chemotherapy, but there has been little progress. Emma’s hope is to access private treatment in the U.S. using Proton Beam Therapy, but as with all things in private medicine it comes with a cost, approximately £120,000.
Her friends have set up a Go Fund Me page at https://www.gofundme.com/emma039s-proton-beam-therapy, to try as best they can to raise the money for Emma’s treatment. There is also a charity open day and boxing night at the Globe Arena on the 16th November 2019 to assist in raising more funds.