Sam’s family say thank you for support

GRATEFUL Steve John, wife Victoria, Sam John and his brother Matt. Picture: Paul Jacobs  (13728-7)
GRATEFUL Steve John, wife Victoria, Sam John and his brother Matt. Picture: Paul Jacobs (13728-7)

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THE family of a teenager who needs to raise £100,000 so that he can have potentially lifesaving treatment in America have spoken of their gratitude for people’s support.

Sam John. 16, from Fareham, has a rare brain tumour which cannot be removed. The family would like to fund proton beam therapy to shrink it, which is not available in the UK.

The family say they have been so bowled over by people’s fundraising activities that they want to carry on as a charity after they have hit their target to help others in similar situations.

The whole community has been getting behind the fundraising and more than £36,000 has been donated so far.

Sam’s dad Steve said: ‘It’s all been a bit mad. We have even set up a special bank account now so that people can donate direct. There are absolutely loads of events taking place, it’s wonderful.

‘There is nothing we can do to thank everybody enough. The only thing we can think of is to take this on and do it for somebody else.

‘If I step back and look at it coldly, there are people trying to raise money like this all over the country.

‘We are very conscious of taking people’s money so we want to make sure that others can benefit too.’

Sam’s story has captured the hearts of many people in the area and it has inspired a huge number of fundraising activities.

As Sam is in Year 11, his mum Victoria is trying to organise a school prom so that all Year 11 pupils from across the area can celebrate the end of school together. She is looking for sponsors and businesses to get involved.

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To donate go to Lloyds TSB, account name Mission for Sam – ThinkingShrinking, sort code 77-25-09 and account number 12347360.