By Ashleigh Fielding | posted on August 22, 2019
THE family of an Albany man diagnosed with terminal cancer 12 months ago has put a call out to the public to try and help fund expensive immunotherapy treatment to try and uphold the best quality of life possible for him.
Peter Morris, former editor of the Weekender and media advisor to Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson, developed an unusual stomach ache in July last year that turned into a stage four stomach cancer diagnosis one month later.
Told he could not have radiation therapy or an operation to treat his cancer, Mr Morris underwent 20 rounds of chemotherapy before he and his family decided to look at other options.
Kit Morris, Mr Morris’s eldest son, said his father was identified as an ideal candidate to join a trial for immunotherapy treatment.
The cost of this procedure is $60,000.
“The treatment isn’t available on the pharmaceutical benefit scheme and isn’t covered by Dad’s health fund,” Kit said.
“But it could give him a better quality of life and potentially save his life.
“It is not easy asking for help, particularly financial help, but as we have used our family savings, we would be very, very grateful to anyone who would like to help.”
Kit, his younger brother Jake and his mother Carol describe Mr Morris as loving and caring.
“He’s a very generous man, very kind,” Kit said.
“He’s a loving father and he’s been very involved with the local community since we moved from the UK.
“What more can I say? He’s just a great guy.”
A Go Fund Me page set up for Mr Morris has raised approximately $1500 so far.
Anyone wishing to donate money for Mr Morris’s immunotherapy treatment can do so by visiting gofundme.com/f/1ohv8fiieo or by searching ‘Peter’s Immunotherapy’ on the Go Fund Me website and choosing the search result with a black and white image of a beret and glasses-wearing Mr Morris.