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King’s Lynn wife raising thousands to pay for husband’s cancer treatment

PUBLISHED: 16:45 15 September 2017 | UPDATED: 17:08 15 September 2017

Mark Redhead at his home in Grimston with his wife Justyna and their son Olly (6). Picture: Ian Burt

Mark Redhead at his home in Grimston with his wife Justyna and their son Olly (6). Picture: Ian Burt

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A family are turning to the public to help raise vital funds for cancer treatment in a last bid to save a man’s life.

Mark Redhead at his home in Grimston with son Olly (6). Picture: Ian Burt Mark Redhead at his home in Grimston with son Olly (6). Picture: Ian Burt

Six years ago, Mark Redhead, 42, from Grimston, King’s Lynn, was diagnosed with stage three brain tumour.

After several bouts of chemotherapy he has been told the cancer is terminal.

His wife Justyna Redhead has set up a fundraising page to raise £33,000 for treatment at Unifontis – a clinic in Germany which specialises in cancer treatment.

“I feel like I am failing Mark,” she said. “We have to have another chance.”

Mark Redhead at his home in Grimston with his wife Justyna and their son Olly (6). Picture: Ian Burt Mark Redhead at his home in Grimston with his wife Justyna and their son Olly (6). Picture: Ian Burt

Her husband visited the doctors in January 2011 after experiencing strong headaches.

Mrs Readhead was three months pregnant with their son Oliver when the couple received the worst possible news.

“We had big plans, to have a family and get married, but then Mark was diagnosed in February,” Mrs Redhead said.

Since then, Mr Redhead was responding well to radiotherapy which managed to shrink the golf ball-sized tumour.

Mark Redhead at his home in Grimston with his wife Justyna. Picture: Ian Burt Mark Redhead at his home in Grimston with his wife Justyna. Picture: Ian Burt

The couple got married in August that same year, just ten days before Oliver was born.

Mrs Redhead said: ““The wedding was lovely, we were really happy.”

But in January this year, the couple were devastated to learn the tumour had spread to half his brain.

Mrs Redhead said: “We were scared, we were happy with every scan so far but that was a shock.”

She took it upon herself to look for other methods to cure her husband, researching on natural medicine and even cannabis oil.

It was only when a friend mentioned Unifontis that Mrs Redhead thought it could be the only option they had left to save Mark’s life.

She said: “We have to do something, the chemotherapy isn’t working, even if it’s prolonging his life it is not curing him.

“We all suffer - it is not just the person who has cancer but the whole family.

“For Oliver, all his life he has always known his dad to be poorly, if this treatment works Mark can spend more quality time with his son.”

Mrs Redhead set up a fundraising page on Monday, September 11, to pay the medical bills.

After just five days they have raised more than £12,000.

“It is going really well,” she said. “We are grateful for every penny.

The couple will be giving excess donations to Brain Tumour Research and West Norfolk charity Red Wellies.

To donate, visit the fundraising page here.

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