Scott Stinson, 25, who graduated with a Masters in MChem and Nanotechnology from Heriot-Watt University in 2016 and lives in Edinburgh is campaigning to raise funds for potentially life-saving treatment for a rare form of bone cancer: Osteosarcoma.
Scott was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma during the second year of his PhD studies in chemistry and nanotechnology at St. Andrew’s University in April of last year. In August of that year, he had his right arm and shoulder amputated in Birmingham Royal Orthopedic Hospital as the cancer was not suppressed by the only known curative chemotherapy drugs currently available for the disease.
Scott’s family have now launched a GoFundMe page in the hope of raising £120,000 to pay for private drugs and treatments not yet available on the NHS but licensed and shown to be effective in other countries. The campaign has reached over £60,000 in just over a week but Scott still desperately needs help in reaching his target amount.
Scott explains, “So now a year after my diagnosis, the cancer has metastasized (spread) to my lungs and my oncologist has advised that any further treatment would be life-extending only. I have exhausted all possible curative treatments available to me on the NHS… Time is not on my side and I will be hoping to raise enough funds to begin the first round of treatment by the end of April.
“As well as raising funds for my further treatment, I hope to raise awareness for this rare disease. Osteosarcoma, or osteogenic sarcoma, is a rare type of bone cancer.”
You can read more about Scott’s story and donate to his fund at: https://www.gofundme.com/scott039s-sarcoma-solution