High price for U.K. lad's cancer battle

Jan. 20, 2007 at 7:30 PM
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NEW YORK, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- The parents of a 5-year-old London boy have moved him to New York to undergo specialized cancer treatments not available in the United Kingdom.

In a desperate move across the pond, two Scotland Yard detectives moved their ailing son, Jack Brown -- who had been given only a 20-percent chance of survival without a certain antibody treatment available at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, the New York Daily News reported.

"We might still lose our child," Yvonne Brown, 39, told the newspaper. "But his chances have increased tremendously by him being here."

Fundraising efforts in Britain made the family's trip to New York possible, but serious complications have run up their tab by an additional $750,000.

The family is residing in the Ronald McDonald House, which provides shelter for young cancer patients' families, while they try to raise $350,000, which will then be matched by an anonymous benefactor.

Further information about donating funds for the sick child can be found at jackbrownappeal.org.

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