We’re backing Zac
Posted on: Sep 27, 2018 Blog
Nock Deighton has joined the campaign to send a local boy with a rare form of leukaemia to America for groundbreaking treatment that could save his life.
The family of Zac Oliver, 4, from Broseley, have launched an appeal to raise £500,000 to fund a trip to Philadelphia where doctors are willing to provide the specialist treatment.
Zac is thought to be the only child in Britain with a strain of blood cancer called near haploid and his family are convinced treatment in the US is the youngster’s best chance of survival.
More than £80,000 has already been raised in the fight to get Zac to Philadelphia and we are donating 20 per cent of all house sales revenue in the TF12 postcode for the remainder of the year to the cause.
Hannah Brown, of Nock Deighton’s Telford office, says: “Zac’s family are very well known in Broseley, I actually went to school with his mum. This has really captured my heart and the hearts of so many people.
“It’s such a heartbreaking story that can’t be ignored and the most important thing now is to raise this money to get Zac to America.
“The UK panel of doctors have said Zac does not meet the relevant criteria in the UK and the Philadelphia Children’s Hospital have offered to help with CAR-T therapy.
“Apparently it has been the subject of clinical trials in the US but although it is still classed as experimental, it has been used for five years now and saved several lives.”
Glyn McKenna, of Nock Deighton’s Ironbridge office, which also covers the Broseley area, adds: “Zac’s case has been well documented through social media, the local press and the community, with a lot of empathy for the family and their fundraising efforts.
“It is a story that has touched us all at Nock Deighton and we really want to get involved with the campaign.
“Raising £500,000 is a daunting task, it’s going to be very difficult and the hope is to raise this money within a couple of months, so the pressure is really on.
“We hope by donating 20% of all our house sales revenue for the TF12 postcode for the remainder of the year we can give the fund a boost and help the family with any associated costs as Zac goes through the treatment.
“TF12 covers Broseley, Benthall, Willey, Shirlett, Barrow, Linley, Posenhall and Broseley Wood, so we are hoping for a good number of sales in the next few months.
“We will also do our best to promote the appeal and hope as many people as possible will get behind this campaign to get Zac to America for the chance of what could be life-saving treatment.”
Anyone wanting to donate to Zac’s appeal can visit the appeal page by clicking here.