At Inhealthcare, we are proud to support Frank’s Fund, a special fund at the Bone Cancer Research Trust.
Frank’s Fund was set up in 2019 by Frank’s family in memory of Frank Ashton, a local Harrogate boy.
Frank was diagnosed with Ewing sarcoma, a form of bone cancer in April 2016 when he was just 11 years old. Ewing sarcoma most commonly affects children and young adults aged 10-25 years old.
Although someone is diagnosed with primary bone cancer every 10 minutes, primary bone cancer received just 0.027% of funding from the major UK cancer charities in 2020/21.
As a result, treatment protocols are out of date and gruelling, and neither treatment nor survival rates have improved in more than 40 years. There is also little chance of survival if the disease returns.
Frank endured 12 months of exhausting treatment which included chemotherapy, proton therapy in the US and an horrific eight hour operation. Then, after just five months in remission, the disease returned. In 2018 Frank’s family enjoyed a final Christmas together and Frank’s short life ended on 9th February 2019.
Frank would never have wanted any child to suffer as he suffered and Frank’s Fund has been set up to help people who are diagnosed in the future by raising funds that can be invested in desperately needed research.
To find out more about Frank’s Fund, visit https://specialfunds.bcrt.org.uk/franks-fund/