A DAD who was diagnosed with brain cancer after a lorry crash faces a “last chance” to see his infant daughter grow up as he seeks life-changing treatment.
Steven Fry, 32, was behind the wheel of an oil tanker when he suffered a seizure and careered into a shopfront in Beauly, Highlands.
The lorry driver crashed an oil tanker after suffering a serious seizure[/caption]
After the smash on September 16, 2021, he was rushed to hospital, where medics found he had a large tumour in his skull.
On May 15 last year, following an MRI scan and a series of frightening seizures, medics at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary delivered the devastating news that he had brain cancer.
After his crash the dad-of-one, from Inverness, was told he only had two months to live, which was extended to 14 years after chemotherapy treatment.
But he is determined to live longer to help bring up his one-year-old daughter Piper with his wife Chloe, 29.
Steven and his family are desperately trying to raise £50,000 so he can undergo state-of-the-art dendritic cell therapy.
He said the treatment is his “last chance” to prolong his life and spend more precious time with little Piper.
Steven said: “My blood would be taken and sent to Germany. Stuff is put into your blood and then it’s put back into your system.
“It has helped other people. Sometimes it makes tumours smaller, sometimes it makes them vanish.
“I would be in London for treatment. It can be done in Scotland but costs more money.
“It’s my last chance. My tumour was that bad it would’ve killed me in two months.”
Dendritic cell therapy is a type of immunotherapy involving vaccines that help the body’s immune system recognise and attack cancerous cells.
To make the jab, scientists grow dendritic cells alongside cancer cells in a lab, before injections are given to stimulate the immune system to attack cancer.
Steven’s life has been turned upside down after his shock diagnosis.
Following gruelling rounds of radiotherapy and chemotherapy, he has been left unable to work and can’t drive, with his ill health also rocking his mental health as he worries about his family’s future.
Steven said: “My wife’s worried about me as if I die I’ll leave her alone, it’s a major worry. She works part-time and doesn’t earn much.
“I passed my lorry test with the tumour in my head. I can still drive a car, but I can’t right now because I’m going through chemo.
“Mentally it’s very hard, I’m not the way I was. I was the kind of person who came out with jokes all the time.
“But after my operation I didn’t have any humour for seven or eight months. It took a long time.”
Steven, originally from Bo’ness, Falkirk, is continuing to receive chemotherapy but his tumour remains inoperable.
So far around £5,000 has been raised for his dendritic cell therapy.
Steven added: “I’m a fighter. I don’t want to die in 14 years’ time.
“I want to see my wee lassie grow up and get married.”
Donations can be made here.
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