Grantham man to wax body to help fund girl's cancer treatment
A Grantham man is preparing to get his body waxed to raise money to help fund life-saving cancer treatment for an 11-year-old girl.
Ricky Mann, 29, of Ventnor Avenue, will be having his legs, stomach and chest waxed after reading about Demi Knight on a social media page which has been set up to help discuss fund-raising ideas.
Demi was diagnosed with a brain tumour two years ago. She was given the all-clear after undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy but doctors have now told the family that there is nothing more they could do as the cancer has returned and is now also in her spine.
The family from Louth, has travelled to a hospital in Texas where treatment could save Demi, but have only raised a fraction of the cost needed to fund the rest of the treatment.
Demi's mum Mel Knight said: "Demi has a Medulloblastoma brain tumour which, after chemotherapy, radiation therapy, a major brain operation to remove the tumour and conventional treatment through the NHS, has now returned one year after treatment ceased.
"Through funds that we have raised so far and borrowing some money, we have managed to obtain enough to get out to the US and get treatment started, as timing is crucial, but without further funds, we have not got enough to complete her treatment."
Determined to help, Ricky, a father of one, decided to get involved.
He said: "I have family in Louth who know Demi's family and as a father of one myself, it has really hit home.
"It is heartbreaking to see any healthy child become so poorly."
Ricky is appealing for a salon or beauty therapist who will wax him for free.
If you can help, contact Ricky on 07575 001359.
If you would like to make a donation, visit: www.gofundme.com/demi-knight-cancer-treatment-fund