Published: 12:51, 12 February 2020
| Updated: 15:00, 12 February 2020
A married couple from Deal who have released equity from their home to pay for 'last resort' cancer treatment are appealing to the community for help.
Grandfather-of-three Glyn Moon, 64, is a "real people person" who loved chatting about politics and football with customers during his day job at Walmer's Bandstand Bakery.
But after a four-year battle with oesophageal cancer, having first been diagnosed in April 2016, he can now only muster a whisper.
Last summer, he was told nothing more could be done until a Harley Street professional told him of an immunotherapy treatment, Pembrolizumab.
However, the relatively new treatment is not available on the NHS for Mr Moon's specific cancer and comes at cost of £110,000 for six months - or £11,500 every three weeks - with a recommended course of two years.
Mr Moon and his wife of 44 years, Susan, have released equity from their Arthur Road home, where they've lived for 38 years, in order to fund six months worth of treatment.
They've now launched a GoFundMe campaign which has already raised £1,745 and are asking for donations to help make up the rest.
Speaking on her husband's behalf, Mrs Moon, 62, said: "What price do you put on a person's life?
"It's our last resort and it frightens me that we won't be able to fund the treatment. It would mean everything."
Mr and Mrs Moon were both born and raised in the town and met at Deal Welfare Club. They went on to have two daughters Melanie and Lisa, but sadly Lisa died in a tragic accident when she was 16 years old.
It was in early 2016 when Mr Moon began struggling to swallow food that he decided to visit a doctor.
A tumour was identified in his food pipe and within three weeks he had started chemotherapy and radiotherapy, leaving him with only scar tissue.
Mrs Moon said: "We were on cloud nine until three months later, during a scan, a nodule on his lung showed up.
"He had it removed in Guys Hospital but in March 2018 both cancers returned."
Since then, Mr Moon has tried various treatments, some which have been successful but not consistently. Chemotherapy was stopped in mid January and he is only able to eat via a peg tube.
Mrs Moon said: "It's very hard when you're told there's nothing they can do."
Determined not to give up, the couple paid £5,000 for a Caris (DNA) Test in London's Harley Street to see if there were any other options.
The test showed that Mr Moon was PD-L1 positive, meaning he could benefit from immunotherapy treatment Pembrolizumab, which has been used since around 2016.
The costly treatment is far more than they can finance on their own, despite releasing equity release from their home.
Mrs Moon said: "We have set up a GoFundMe page and are looking at other ways to raise funds for this treatment.
"We've also put an Individual Funding Request into the NHS."
Mr Moon had his first treatment last Monday, February 3 at the Chaucer Hospital in Canterbury.
"We can’t give up now, but desperately need help..."
Mrs Moon said: "He's had no adverse affects at all and seems so much better in himself.
"Within three days he was walking when usually he's in a wheelchair.
"He was such a jolly person, to see him now is just awful, but he tries.
"We can’t give up now, but desperately need help."
A disco evening will raise money for Mr Moon's cause on Saturday, April 4. It is at The Alma pub in West Street, Deal, and will include a buffet and raffle. Tickets are £15, available on 07783 543768 or 01304372427.
To donate, go to https://tinyurl.com/roljo2p
Alternatively, donations can be dropped off at the Bandstand Bakery on The Strand in Walmer.
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