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Ollie Gardiner: Family of cancer teens donate research treatment funds


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Oli Gardiner died in 2017 from a brain tumor

A man who has promised a teenage son will die will find a cure for the type of cancer he has donated nearly £ 200,000 to help fund the research.

Ollie Gardiner, 13, passed away on November 19, 2017, after suffering a brain tumor relapse.

His family raised hundreds of thousands for treatment, and now, after settling all medical bills, he uses it to fund a postdoctoral researcher.

His father, Peter Gardiner, said Ollie "trusted" his family to find a cure.

"On the day he stepped out, he looked at me from the bed and told me & # 39; Dad, what if we don't find [clinical] trial? & # 39; "said Mr Gardiner.

"I said & # 39; don't worry, buddy, we'll find something, I'll fix it." He believed in me and I find it very difficult. "

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Oli and his father Peter

Ollie, of Aston Clinton in Buckinghamshire, was diagnosed in May 2015 and went through 10 cycles of chemotherapy and 34 sessions of radiation therapy before his cancer returned in September 2016.

Doctors said the tumor was 'incurable' Although the family raised around £ 500,000 to pay for pioneering treatment in the UK and Germany, Ollie died two and a half years after being initially diagnosed.

Gardiner said that despite the passage of time, Ollie's death is "still a long way from being processed".

"It's been two years since his death, I still think, 'Oh, I gotta mention that to Ollie,' sometimes I've been known to set up seats for him."

The family decided to donate £ 187,000 to the charity Brain Tumor Research "to make the best of the people who raised the money and to do something for Oli's memory."

"There are many difficult aspects to this, but [one is] can't say thanks to every one [the fundraisers], because we don't know who they are, "Gardiner said.

Gardiner said they also provided financial assistance to two other children.

"One of them was in the same position as Ollie. They withdrew and were told there was no longer any treatment available and they were now free of cancer, "he said.

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