Friends and family rally to help Reece

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THE determined family of a man with two brain tumours are trying to raise thousands of pounds to help keep him alive.

Reece Hawley, of Clayhill Road, Basildon, is on his third and final round of chemotherapy – meaning he will have to fund any further treatment himself.

Doctors have recommended he tries a drug called Avastin – which the NHS cut funding for last year.

A two-week course of the medication costs £4,000 and his family are now trying to raise enough money to buy the drug for him.

Mr Hawley, 21, a former Woodlands School pupil, was fit and healthy until he had a bleed on the brain in May 2013, which was caused by a tangle of blood vessels called arteriovenous malformation.

After undergoing six weeks of daily radiotherapy and chemotherapy, his family thought he was on the mend but doctors found two new tumours.

Devastated mum Karen Hawley, 50, said: “It’s very frustrating asamum, knowing there is something out there which could help, but there is just no money available.

“We want to try everything we can.

“There is no guarantee Avastin will work, but it’s definitely worth a go. Reece is so young – he's got his whole life ahead of him.

“He’s an inspiration, and is just grateful for the 21 years he has already had. Reece is doing well, but when he last went into hospital he had a few seizures, so he’s not very steady on his feet now."

His plight has touched the hearts of people across the borough, who have organised events including quiz nights and curry evenings to help the cause.

Bosses at American-style restaurant Grand Central, in Basildon, have agreed to donate £1 from every dessert sold to the fund.

Mrs Hawkey said the support has been “overwhelming”.

She added: “We didn’t imagine things would take off like they have done. We’ve had a really tough few weeks, so we’ve been in our own bubble, and all of this has been going on behind the scenes. We’ve got the power of social media to thank. I’ve had messages from complete strangers.

“The doctors don’t hold out much hope for Reece, but we’ve got to be strong. This gives us something to focus on and we’re going to try to get out to as many fundraising events as we can, rather than sit at home dwelling on things.”

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6:23pm Wed 16 Jul 14

I Hate The Cops says...

If your that much of a family, you would rob a bank to get the money needed. I know I would for my kids.
If your that much of a family, you would rob a bank to get the money needed. I know I would for my kids. I Hate The Cops
  • Score: -16

9:30pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Kim Gandy says...

I Hate The Cops wrote:
If your that much of a family, you would rob a bank to get the money needed. I know I would for my kids.
What an absolute undadulterated thick, mindless piece of dog's doings you really are.

Post that under your own name lowilfe. I dare you.

You haven't the guts have you?

Face to face with me I'd flay you alive, you disgusting piece of crap.
[quote][p][bold]I Hate The Cops[/bold] wrote: If your that much of a family, you would rob a bank to get the money needed. I know I would for my kids.[/p][/quote]What an absolute undadulterated thick, mindless piece of dog's doings you really are. Post that under your own name lowilfe. I dare you. You haven't the guts have you? Face to face with me I'd flay you alive, you disgusting piece of crap. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 8

9:36pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Kim Gandy says...

If any of Reece's family have read the comment at the top, written by the skunk known as I Hate The Cops, I apologise on his behalf (because I know he will hate it). I don't know this creature nor does he know me - but most decent people here cringe at his comments.

This moron keeps appearing under different pseudonyms and posting disgusting and licentious comments. Sometimes this idiot posts under my name but you can tell it's not me because he inserts a punctuation mark somewhere in it.

Two weeks ago he posted as me but referring to drugs. Sometimes he posts under pseudonyms celebrating his criminal status and often using swear words. Sometime soon he is going to come unstuck. He is being watched.

This is an example of the sort of slimeball that really needs wiping off the face of the planet.

With regard to your circumstances, have you put up a page on Justgiving.com? Check it out if not. http://www.justgivin
g.com/

Just wondered...

I wish you all well and pray for a miracle for you.
If any of Reece's family have read the comment at the top, written by the skunk known as I Hate The Cops, I apologise on his behalf (because I know he will hate it). I don't know this creature nor does he know me - but most decent people here cringe at his comments. This moron keeps appearing under different pseudonyms and posting disgusting and licentious comments. Sometimes this idiot posts under my name but you can tell it's not me because he inserts a punctuation mark somewhere in it. Two weeks ago he posted as me but referring to drugs. Sometimes he posts under pseudonyms celebrating his criminal status and often using swear words. Sometime soon he is going to come unstuck. He is being watched. This is an example of the sort of slimeball that really needs wiping off the face of the planet. With regard to your circumstances, have you put up a page on Justgiving.com? Check it out if not. http://www.justgivin g.com/ Just wondered... I wish you all well and pray for a miracle for you. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 8

9:38pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Kim Gandy says...

I Hate The Cops wrote:
If your that much of a family, you would rob a bank to get the money needed. I know I would for my kids.
My God, you have kids. People like you shouldn't breed.

I pity them, having your genes. I can only hope they will get away from you as soon as they possibly can so they can live a decent life.
[quote][p][bold]I Hate The Cops[/bold] wrote: If your that much of a family, you would rob a bank to get the money needed. I know I would for my kids.[/p][/quote]My God, you have kids. People like you shouldn't breed. I pity them, having your genes. I can only hope they will get away from you as soon as they possibly can so they can live a decent life. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 8

9:38pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Kim Gandy says...

I Hate The Cops wrote:
If your that much of a family, you would rob a bank to get the money needed. I know I would for my kids.
My God, you have kids. People like you shouldn't breed.

I pity them, having your genes. I can only hope they will get away from you as soon as they possibly can so they can live a decent life.
[quote][p][bold]I Hate The Cops[/bold] wrote: If your that much of a family, you would rob a bank to get the money needed. I know I would for my kids.[/p][/quote]My God, you have kids. People like you shouldn't breed. I pity them, having your genes. I can only hope they will get away from you as soon as they possibly can so they can live a decent life. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 0

10:30pm Wed 16 Jul 14

sesibollox says...

Let him go, with some dignity
Let him go, with some dignity sesibollox
  • Score: -1

8:09am Thu 17 Jul 14

Happy Chickie says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
I Hate The Cops wrote:
If your that much of a family, you would rob a bank to get the money needed. I know I would for my kids.
My God, you have kids. People like you shouldn't breed.

I pity them, having your genes. I can only hope they will get away from you as soon as they possibly can so they can live a decent life.
Like your kids got away from you to have a decent life.
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]I Hate The Cops[/bold] wrote: If your that much of a family, you would rob a bank to get the money needed. I know I would for my kids.[/p][/quote]My God, you have kids. People like you shouldn't breed. I pity them, having your genes. I can only hope they will get away from you as soon as they possibly can so they can live a decent life.[/p][/quote]Like your kids got away from you to have a decent life. Happy Chickie
  • Score: -2

8:21am Thu 17 Jul 14

VeteranOfMany says...

Happy Chickie wrote:
Kim Gandy wrote:
I Hate The Cops wrote:
If your that much of a family, you would rob a bank to get the money needed. I know I would for my kids.
My God, you have kids. People like you shouldn't breed.

I pity them, having your genes. I can only hope they will get away from you as soon as they possibly can so they can live a decent life.
Like your kids got away from you to have a decent life.
I think it's a low trick, to mention someones children, in your vain attempt to "dirty" a fellow commentator on this site.
[quote][p][bold]Happy Chickie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]I Hate The Cops[/bold] wrote: If your that much of a family, you would rob a bank to get the money needed. I know I would for my kids.[/p][/quote]My God, you have kids. People like you shouldn't breed. I pity them, having your genes. I can only hope they will get away from you as soon as they possibly can so they can live a decent life.[/p][/quote]Like your kids got away from you to have a decent life.[/p][/quote]I think it's a low trick, to mention someones children, in your vain attempt to "dirty" a fellow commentator on this site. VeteranOfMany
  • Score: 1

9:55am Thu 17 Jul 14

Happy Chickie says...

VeteranOfMany wrote:
Happy Chickie wrote:
Kim Gandy wrote:
I Hate The Cops wrote:
If your that much of a family, you would rob a bank to get the money needed. I know I would for my kids.
My God, you have kids. People like you shouldn't breed.

I pity them, having your genes. I can only hope they will get away from you as soon as they possibly can so they can live a decent life.
Like your kids got away from you to have a decent life.
I think it's a low trick, to mention someones children, in your vain attempt to "dirty" a fellow commentator on this site.
I think you will find that is what Gandy did first.
[quote][p][bold]VeteranOfMany[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Happy Chickie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]I Hate The Cops[/bold] wrote: If your that much of a family, you would rob a bank to get the money needed. I know I would for my kids.[/p][/quote]My God, you have kids. People like you shouldn't breed. I pity them, having your genes. I can only hope they will get away from you as soon as they possibly can so they can live a decent life.[/p][/quote]Like your kids got away from you to have a decent life.[/p][/quote]I think it's a low trick, to mention someones children, in your vain attempt to "dirty" a fellow commentator on this site.[/p][/quote]I think you will find that is what Gandy did first. Happy Chickie
  • Score: 1

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