It has come to our attention via social media, the heart-breaking news that former Crows Youth Player, Ethan Treharne is suffering from a Brain Tumour and his family are trying to raise enough money for the treatment he needs in Germany.
A fundraiser has been setup by the family and I felt it appropriate to share this the the wider Crows 'Family'
As a club we will make a contribution to the fund. Please support if you can, too. Every penny could help. https://gofund.me/ba096ca5
We wish Ethan and his family the very best wishes and hope he can get the treatment he needs.
Thanks for reading,
This is the Facebook post with links to the GofundMe page and Facebook Page:
Please help us support this amazing local family. Ethan, who is 16 yrs old, was diagnosed with a Brain tumour in October 2019. Despite 2 surgeries, gruelling radio and chemotherapy it has unfortunately reoccurred. As you can imagine this is heartbreaking and devastating for them. They are determined that the fight continues. Ethan needs his 3rd craniotomy surgery soon and then needs immunotherapy for his best chance. This is likely to be in Germany and will need to be self funded. Anyone who knows this family, knows they ask very little of others but I’m hoping as a community we can give them the much needed support they need. We have many community based activities to get involved with to help raise money so please keep an eye out for those.
Please read their story in the link and please if you can donate anything at all, we would be incredibly grateful.
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This is from the Go Fund Me Page
Our beautiful son Ethan was in school preparing for his GCSE's, studying in between his active days of football and basketball. Sport is his passion and a career to date that most parents would be proud of. Player of the season at Crowthorne Cricket Club, Signed for Aldershot academy for 2 years as goal keeper, played conference and academy level at basketball, completed his FA referee certificate to ref games... a real good all rounder at sport. He successfully finished his DofE (Duke of Edinburgh) which included volunteering to coach the U10's Yately basketball team, Learnt new skills and carried out physical exercises such as camping and orienteering over a long weekends to complete the award.
Ethan was at school on Wednesday 2nd of October when he started suffering from slurred speech and minor headaches, he texted me to book an appointment with the local GP to observe these abnormalities and see what could be done, we were admitted to Frimley hospital for a CT scan and were to await the results the following week..... They didn't take that long, a phone call on Thursday evening from the neurologist had confirmed a 4cm brain tumour on his right frontal lobe.
After receiving that phone call and hearing the diagnosis we were completely devastated which left us, his younger brother and sister heartbroken. Initially it was believed that the tumour could be removed completely and his first operation was deemed a success. Unfortunately on scanning post operation a secondary tumour site remained and Ethan was left with having further surgery. We can’t even begin to describe that day and how our world fell apart and that we knew our lives would never be the same.
After the second craniotomy, the GOLD standard of care followed with 6 solid weeks of travelling to London UCLH for radiotherapy and then a further 9 months of chemotherapy which finished in October 2020, not once did he complain of the treatment and stood strong in the face of this awful disease. As a side effect of the surgery Ethan developed epilepsy in December 2019 which changed his day to day life forever.
Throughout this Ethan has just been amazing and has left us feeling humble and proud of how he has taken on this life challenge. His attitude to treatment and trying to continue living life to the full has just amazed us all on top of a rubbish Covid year. His daily routine of taking 26 tablets split over morning and night has regimented his day with an alarm at 8am, 2pm and 6pm to take a mix of vitamins, chemo, repurposed and prescribed seizure medication all this to give our son a a quality of life.
In November 2020 his seizures were becoming daily which we thought were just an imbalance of his seizure medication, we were about to be hit again with more devastating news as his follow up scan has now shown a reoccurrence of the tumour. We are beyond devastated, heartbroken but determined not to give up. We are now facing the reality that we have reached the boundaries of treatment options in the U.K. and need to seek help with immunotherapy treatment abroad to give him the best chance in life.
Our research has taken us to Cologne where the best new treatments are happening, the one we are looking into is DCVax which is still in experimental phase but seems the most promising. The cost for this initial treatment is amounting to £150,000 which is way out of our budget and hence we need to start fund raising.
Anyone who knows us, knows we ask very little from others but feel we have no option but to ask for help. We have many friends and family trying to organise fundraising ideas which is difficult during covid. We would love for you to get involved via FB anewhopeforethan
Those Starwars fans would have already noticed the strap line 'A New Hope', we felt it sat well not just for the intent of the raising of money but also his love for the films. Ethan would love to see the photos of support and please donate as much or as little as you can to help us save Ethan and get him the treatment he deserves. We are eternally grateful xx
I will be updating this page regularly with various fund raising activities coming soon.