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FEELING a combination of excitement and nervousness, Sam John will finally be flying out to have life-saving treatment.

The 16-year-old of Albert Road, Fareham, is due to travel to America tomorrow.

As previously reported, Sam was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour when he was nine years old.

In March this year, tests revealed the tumour had started growing again.

To stop it from growing further, Sam needs proton beam therapy, which is not available in the UK.

The treatment costs upwards of £100,000, and the Johns were not sure if the NHS would pay.

Through donations and various fundraisers, the family have raised £120,000, and the NHS said it will pay towards the treatment too.

Now Sam, along with his parents Steve and Vicky, and younger brother Matthew, 14, will be making the trip to Florida.

Sam said: ‘I feel nervous and excited. I’m focusing on the positives and hope the weather will be good out there.

‘But the reason I’m going isn’t very positive.

‘I’ve been overwhelmed by the support that has been coming in from everyone.

‘We started off just telling family, and it all quickly spread.’

Neville Lovett pupil Sam has also managed to sit his GCSE exams, and awaits his results.

He hopes to go to Bay House sixth form school, in Gosport, to study psychology, maths, history and English literature.

Steve, 44, said he’s proud of his son.

He said: ‘Sam feels he’s done well in his exams, which is amazing considering what else is going on – I am so proud of him.’

The family is expected to be in the US for about 10 weeks.

The first two weeks involves briefing and preparation, before six weeks of therapy.

After that Sam will be checked before being told he can come back home.