Doctors block father's US cancer treatment bid

PUBLISHED: 13:30 04 July 2014

Chris and Laura Board with their boys, Max, Tommy, and Joshua.

Chris and Laura Board with their boys, Max, Tommy, and Joshua.


A FUNDRAISER designed to give a Weston father-of-three access to vital overseas cancer treatment has been cancelled after doctors ruled he would be too poorly to fly.

The Mercury previously reported how Chris Board, who suffers with rare germ cell cancer, was hoping to have access to pioneering treatment in the United States.

He and his wife Laura, who live in Birchwood Avenue with their three sons, organised a fundraiser to pay for the cost of travelling and treatment.

But this week he received the ‘gutting’ news he would be unable to fly and therefore have no chance of securing access to treatment in Texas.

The couple has given people the option to have their money returned or have it donated to Cancer Research UK.

Laura said: “They said he cannot fly for up to a year. I think to be honest, it will be too late by then.

“This is a major blow for us but we have one more final appointment at St Bart’s Hospital in London in the upcoming weeks with some hopefully good news.

“We are gutted the USA is not remotely close now; however, we remain hopeful and optimistic and hope St Bart’s may have options for him.

“At the moment we’re focusing on London and then it’s probably game over.

“It was not meant to be. As a family, Chris, me and the boys are going to enjoy some quality time together.

“We want to say thank you to everyone for all their donations and support.”

If anyone would like to have their money returned or to confirm a donation to Cancer Research, contact Laura Board at or leave a message on the couple’s You Caring site at

The event scheduled to take place tomorrow (Sat) at Hornet’s Rugby Club has been cancelled.

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