Dublin boy diagnosed with brain tumour for the second time seeking alternative treatment
"In June 2017 our world was turned upside down."
A Dublin boy who has been diagnosed with a brain tumour for the second time is now seeking alternative treatments to improve his quality of life.
Nine-year-old Nathan was first diagnosed with a cancerous tumour just under two years ago.
He underwent surgery to save his life, leaving him needing to learn to walk, talk, and eat on his own again. Following this, Nathan availed of chemotherapy until November 2018 when he was diagnosed with another brain tumour.
The boy's family say that although he has another battle to win, he is "taking it in his stride."
"In June 2017 our world was turned upside down," they said. "It was when our football-mad, outgoing, cheery nephew Nathan was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumour."
"He is a determined little guy who overcame all of these obstacles with a wicked sense of humour and a steely determination."
Nathan's family are trying to raise funds to pay for alternative treatment options for the Dublin boy to give him a better quality of life.
Both of his parents are currently working full time caring for him, as well as his little brother.
"It is becoming increasingly difficult to meet the expenses that are occurring," Nathan's family said on their GoFundMe page.
"We are fundraising to help support Nathan and his family as he undergoes alternative treatments and therapies that can improve the quality of his life, but aren’t funded by the HSE," they said.
"We would appreciate any donation – big or small – and we are grateful for any support we receive."
Nathan's family are hoping to raise €15,000 to improve the nine-year-old's quality of life. At the time of writing, they had made just over €5,000.
You can check out Nathan's GoFundMe page here.