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Mark to Mexico Auction Dinner

Mark Mather

Saturday, 14 October 2017 at 19:30 - Sunday, 15 October 2017 at 01:00 (BST)

Mark to Mexico  Auction Dinner

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Charity Auction DInner 14 Oct 2017 £40.00 £3.07

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New date is 14th October 2017 

A fun evening in support of the Mark to Mexico Campaign.

With the support of SUFC, we are holding a charity, fund raising auction and dinner to raise funds for Mark Mathers treatment.

The night will be fun filled with an entertaining auction (some amazingly fantastic things up for grabs) along with some great speakers and of course, plenty of dancing!

Dress code is Black Tie 

Dinner will be a 3 course meal with a drink upon arrival to start the evening off!

We look forward to seeing you there and thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support!

If you require accomodation on the night, please see the link to the fantastic Copthorne HOtel - just a stones throw away from the venue.

Do you have questions about Mark to Mexico Auction Dinner? Contact Mark Mather

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Charity Auction DInner

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    The Platinum Suite
    Bramall Lane
    S2 4SU Sheffield
    United Kingdom

    Saturday, 14 October 2017 at 19:30 - Sunday, 15 October 2017 at 01:00 (BST)

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    Mark Mather

    In 2008 Mark Mather was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.  Since his diagnosis, the MS has progressed so that Mark now struggles to walk around and do things most parents take for granted.

    Before Mark developed MS he worked for South Yorkshire Ambulance Service as Trainee Paramedic and before that he was in the RAF for 15 years.  The MS meant he had to stop working for the Ambulance Service and so he retrained and became a Teaching Assistant in a local school until it became too much and he had to give it up.  He now devotes his time to looking after his two young boys.

    Despite fantastic medical care at the local hospital, the nature of MS means Mark’s condition will deteriorate as there is no cure for MS. The current treatment on offer is drugs and lifestyle changes to slow the onset of the symptoms. 

    But there is now an alternative, recently a BBC Panorama programme highlighted HSCT treatment for MS, which is a combination of Chemotherapy and Stem Cell harvesting.  The treatment should stop the disease in its tracks so Mark won’t get any worse and if things go very well, he may even fully recovery, but just stopping the decline will make a huge difference. A BBC reported also went over for the treatment (Caroline Wyatt) and is having positive effects from it.

    Mark asked his NHS consultant if he could have HSCT and be part of a strict trial in Sheffield but sadly he doesn't meet the criteria for the treatment in the UK. So, after hours of research Mark found a clinic in Mexico that provides the treatment., but it costs £50,000 including travel and accommodation. There are other clinics closer to home but they’re much more expensive.

    The treatment involves Mark going to Mexico for 28 days and having chemotherapy to stop the MS and stem cell harvesting and replanting, to reboot his immune system and give him some quality of life.  There is no guarantees it will work and there is a high level of discomfort during treatment, not to mention being away from his wife and children at a time he’ll need them most.

    But if Mark doesn’t go, based on his prognosis he will potentially end up with a high level of disability, unable to live his life like the rest of us.   Mark’s two boys, 8yr old Oliver and 5yr old Lucian, want their Daddy simply to be able to walk and play footy and do all the things a Daddy wants to do.  

    There is no cure for MS, this treatment is the next best thing. Those who know Mark, know he’s a great guy, and after all his work in the RAF and especially the Ambulance Service he now needs help to get the treatment he needs.

    He currently has a treatment date of 9th October 2017 and is trying to raise the money in advance of this date. 

    Friends and Family are trying to help raise £50,000 to get Mark to Mexico. There are plans for various fundraising events over the next few months and there’s a Justgiving page set up to help raise the £50k needed.

    Any donation will be greatly appreciated. Thank You.

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