Printware has always prided itself on being a generous company, willing to support worthy causes both globally and locally. This was certainly the case this week as Printware employees threw their weight behind Mission for Sam, a campaign to fund life-saving treatment for 16 year old Sam John.
Sam was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour at the age of nine and has been battling it ever since, enduring endless hospital visits, blood transfusions and chemotherapy. Although the tumour is benign, its position at the top of the brain stem makes removing it impossible. Recent scans confirmed what Sam and his family dreaded most – the tumour had started to grow again.
Sam’s best chance for survival and a normal life is proton radiation therapy which is currently unavailable in the UK. The NHS usually pays for this treatment in children but, as Sam recently turned 16, he is classed as an adult so the NHS is unlikely to pay.
Sam’s family and friends have started a campaign to raise at least £100,000 for his life-saving treatment and this is where Printware comes in. I have pledged to shave my head if I raise £500 in sponsorship and, in an entirely characteristic bout of generosity, my colleagues at Printware pledged over half the money in just over an hour.
Why am I telling you all this? Simple, firstly to raise awareness for Mission for Sam and encourage more donations. Secondly, part of the deal was that, in return for the donations, I would write about it for the blog and post a picture of my freshly shorn head once I’ve hit my target. With just over £250 raised so far, there’s a little way to go yet but, rest assured, once I get there, I’ll be posting an update, with pictures, right here.
The campaign has received attention from the local and national media, helping to raise £12,000 so far – that’s around £1,000 a day since the campaign began. Find out more, or make a donation, by following the links below:
In the media:
Fareham Family Invites Online Donations for Teenager - Portsmouth Evening News
MPs Vow to Take Sam's Fight for Funding to the Top - Portsmouth Evening News
Desperate Family Appeals Urgent Help Raising £200,000 Needed to Allow Son Chance of Cancer Treatment in U.S. - The Daily Mail
Boy may miss out on cancer surgery - BBC South Today
Mission for Sam - Lets make it happen
by Anthony Morgan