Help fund stateside treatment for Tyler

Tyler and his parents
Tyler and his parents

A massive fund-raising campaign has been launched to pay for vital treatment in the USA for a Leigh teenager with brain tumours.

Tyler Yates, 13, was initially diagnosed with a brain tumour on his first birthday.

Fund-raisers took part in a bucket collection

Fund-raisers took part in a bucket collection

Since then he has had three brain surgeries, a biopsy, two courses of radiotherapy, five courses of chemotherapy and six other operations.

But the tumours continued to grow and in January he had issues with his face tingling, controlling his hands and with his eyesight.

Doctors found he had a tumour on his brain stem, which was pressing on the nerves on the right-hand side of his body.

Bedford High School pupil Tyler has since had radiotherapy and steroids and is receiving chemotherapy.

We feel America is a better place when it comes to treatment and healthcare and operations

Pam Yates

But doctors have ruled out further surgery, as they say it is a risk to his quality of life.

His mum Pam has been researching alternative options and has read about other treatment available in the USA.

She has now launched an online appeal to raise £100,000, which will pay for the treatment if they decide it is the best option for Tyler.

Mrs Yates, 40, said: “We have told him we are looking into everything to help him, but this thing he has been fighting for most of his life.

“Now it’s gone public we have sat down with him and said we feel America is a better place when it comes to treatment and healthcare and operations.

“We feel they are a lot more advanced and there are a lot more drugs that can treat this, so we are doing what we can to help him get the best.

“We haven’t got that kind of money at all, so we are raising that money so that if we need to go to America, we have the money.”

More than £3,000 has already been raised for Tyler in just a few days.

Mrs Yates, who is married to husband Alex, said: “I can’t believe it, every single time I get a message and every single time I get an announcement that a donation has been made.

“The amount that was made since I set it up at 5pm on Wednesday and the community spirit, I can’t fault it at all.”

Fund-raising events are being organised to help the family reach their goal.

A bucket collection was held on Sunday at Wigan Warriors’ match against Swinton, which raised £866.

Mrs Yates said: “I want to thank Sale FC, Swinton and Wigan supporters for their generous donations and everyone involved.

“It was an amazing day, everyone was so helpful and it was really nice.”

A fund-raising day will be held at Contour hair salon in Leigh, where Mrs Yates works, on Sunday, July 2. Staff will do blow dries and curls in return for a donation and there will be prosecco and cupcakes, as well as a raffle. An after-event will be held at The Lock.

An event is also being planned at Leigh Masonic Hall on Friday, July 14, involving an evening of entertainment, a buffet and raffle.

Mrs Yates and colleagues will take part in the Leigh 10k in August to raise money.

Leigh Centurions are also looking into helping out, along with Bedford High School and Tyler’s former schools Leigh CE Primary and St John’s CE Primary.

If Tyler does not have the treatment, or any money is left over, it will be donated to the Joshua Wilson Brain Tumour Charity and Max In A Million, which were set up in honour of boys with brain tumours.

To make a donation to the online campaign, go to www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/tylersfightclub.