Family’s joy after donor helps with US treatment trip

Tyler Martin (3) with his sister Kirsty Martin (2)''''Picture: Sarah Standing (132115-5053)
Tyler Martin (3) with his sister Kirsty Martin (2)''''Picture: Sarah Standing (132115-5053)

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THE family of a young boy who needs urgent treatment for eye cancer have had a weight lifted off their shoulders by a generous donor.

Three-year-old Tyler Martin, from Gosport, was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and has lost his sight in one eye.

The cancer has now reached a stage where the NHS is unable to treat him any further, so he and his parents are being flown to the United States for a life-saving operation.

But Tyler has a two-year-old sister who needs to come along, too, and his parents were faced with the task of finding the money to pay for her ticket.

Now a generous donor has come forward and paid £900 for Kirsty’s flight.

Tracey Martin, Tyler’s mum, said: ‘It is such a weight off our shoulders.

‘It was made worse by the fact they brought the flights forward so instead of having five weeks to prepare, we had only two.

‘When this person came forward I was so relieved.’

The mystery donor contacted the Martins’ travel agent and paid for Kirsty’s ticket.

As reported in The News, Tyler was taken to hospital with what was thought to be an eye infection.

But it later turned out to be a rare form of cancer.

He has since gone through treatment at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham and Southampton General 

But with the cancer now only 1mm away from his brain, Tyler’s best hope is a nine-week course of expensive proton beam therapy in Florida.

Friends and family have since rallied around the youngster and are planning to hold a number of fundraising

While the Martins are now able to pay for the cost of travel, they still have to find living expenses in the United States for nine weeks.

They held a car boot sale at the weekend and raised £166 from sales and donations.

There will be a disco at the Crofton Club in Stubbington on Friday, August 16 from 7pm.

A number of coffee mornings and other events are also planned.

If you would like to help, donations can be made through Paypal to

Full details of the events can be found by visiting

n Are you the mystery donor who paid for Kirsty’s flight? Call reporter Sam Bannister on (023) 9262 2137.