A man whose life was saved after the public raised £ 400k for life-saving cancer treatment celebrated the birth of TWINS.
Mike Brandon only got a few weeks to live in 2016 after learning that he had leukemia, which had spread aggressively throughout his body.
With few options left, he discovered that experimental treatment was available in the US – at a cost of £ 400,000.
This prompted wife Kate to appeal and set up a fundraising page to find the money.
Amazingly, the couple, from Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol, reached their total within nine days of thousands of people coming to help.
The treatment worked and – after a long battle – Mike was told he was in remission.
Kate then announced in August last year that she was pregnant on the couple’s Facebook page – and has now revealed that she recently gave birth to twins.
She said, “I’ve been through such strange and uncertain times as now, I thought it was a good idea for an incredibly good news story!
“I have almost exactly what I said I always wanted, but not quite.
Thank you again to the 22,600 people, most of whom were strangers.
“You helped my friends and I raised nearly half a million pounds in eleven days. You saved more than my husband’s life with your hope and your generosity. “
Kate added that the fundraising pages are now inactive as Mike is firmly on the road to recovery.
She said: “Our GoFundMe pages are no longer active now, but if someone wants to continue supporting people going through Car T Cell Therapy (in Bristol!).
“We still have a fundraising pot with @aboveandbeyondcharity.
Just go to their donation page (link below) and type ‘Donate4TCell Fund’ in the first box on the donation page. ‘
Kate first launched an appeal in 2014 after Mike was diagnosed with acute leukemia.
That initially worked, but the devastating condition came back two years later, leaving Mike with weeks to live.
Kate then launched a new fundraiser that went viral, with over 22,000 donations to help reach the significant total.