A father of two from England who was allegedly denied an expensive cancer treatment for his 10 brain tumors has a new lease on life thanks to a good samaritan who has agreed to foot the bill for the $53,000 medication, the Shields Gazette reports.
The paper reported that Glen Cunningham, 29, was denied funding for the cancer drug Avastin after health officials ruled there wasn't enough evidence the costly drug would help shrink his 10 brain tumors, two of which are inoperable.
Hailed by many as a "miracle drug" for advanced cancer when it was approved in 2011, Avastin costs tens of thousands of dollars per year to administer, according to The New York Times. In Cunningham's case, twice-monthly injections of the drug would have cost Britain's National Health Service around $53,000.
Cunningham and his family launched a campaign to help raise money for the treatment, which luckily caught the eye of property developer Kenny Vickers, who agreed to cover the cost of Cunningham's treatment, according to the Daily Mail.
"I am honestly stunned. I don’t quite know what to say," Cunninham's partner Yasmin Malik told the Daily Mail. "I never thought for one minute there would be people in the world as generous as this, it’s not sinking in."