MORE THAN 500 people filled a large corner of Consum Square in Urbanisation La Marina at the first of a number of fund-raising events in aid of popular local boy, ten-year-old Nigel Watson who has a brain tumour.
It’s estimated that more than €2,000 was raised.
Nigel has been recently diagnosed with a malignant Brainstem Glioma, a tumour that starts in the brain or spinal cord tissue and typically spreads throughout the nervous system.
It was when changes in Nigel’s behaviour was noticed by his mother Jackie and his school in San Fulgencio back in February this year that he was taken to the doctor.
As Jackie told the RTN: “Nigel’s left eye began to twitch and his right eye was turning inwards. His left hand also started becoming numb and he often dropped his pencils at school where they also noticed he was becoming very unsteady on his feet.”
After getting the heartbreaking news that Nigel had a tumour, he was referred to the Alicante General Hospital for further tests and investigations.
The results were even more devastating.
“The scan showed Nigel had the malignant tumour. I just cried for the rest of the day,” said Jackie.
Nigel is presently undergoing a course of radiotherapy every day for six weeks with the aim of destroying the tumour, but in the meantime the family have been investigating proton beam therapy treatment that is available in both the USA and Canada.
With the cost of the treatment and the associated costs being prohibitive, a number of local people and businesses very quickly rallied around to organise a series of events to try to help raise the estimated €100,000 needed.
Beverley Yates from J’s Restaurante, organiser of the biggest event so far that featured popular Phil Collins tribute Rob Lewis, told the RTN. “I can’t emphasise how great the day was.
When young Nigel himself bravely came and spoke on the microphone and thanked everyone, there wasn’t a dry eye on the square.”
If you would like to donate to the fund please visit www.gofundme.com/nigels-brain-stem-glioma-treatment.