‘I have been overwhelmed at the support I have received’

Eric Thompson, of Jowitt Road, Hartlepool, who suffers from MS, is to undergo stem cell operation, next year.
Eric Thompson, of Jowitt Road, Hartlepool, who suffers from MS, is to undergo stem cell operation, next year.
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A Hartlepool dad has thanked those who have supported him on his fundraising journey as he prepares to set off to Mexico this weekend to undergo life changing surgery.

Eric Thomson, 50, will travel to the Riaz Clinic in Mexico this Sunday where he will undergo a Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantations (HSCT) which hopes to combat his Primary Progressive MS.

When Eric, who lives in Jowitt Road, Hartlepool, was given the devastating diagnosis of Primary Progressive MS four years ago, he was told there was no treatment in this country and was forced to watch his whole life change as symptoms progressed.

But friends and family rallied around Eric, who has been battling the condition for the last four years, to raise the £38,650 needed for his surgery.

If successful the treatment offers the possibility of slowing – if not stopping – the progression of his MS, and improve mobility.

Now, nearly a year on since the fundraising campaign launched, dad Eric thanked those who had donated to his cause.

He said: “I am going to Mexico on Sunday for my stem cell transplant which starts on June 20 and I can’t wait to get back even a little bit of what I have lost the last few years.
“My MS had got to the point of being housebound for a year, but it still won’t beat me.

“I have been overwhelmed with the support I have received and continue to receive, from family and friends to local business.

“A huge thanks also goes to Angela Crowe, who started this journey for me.

“Even though what I have is a rare form of aggressive MS, I am sure I will be coming home July 17 fitter and stronger and maybe even walking again.
“What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”

Over the course of the campaign, led by family friend Angela Crowe, various fundraising events have been held including a Calendar Girls style calendar, a Ben Nevis Trek and numerous fundraising nights.

To donate to Eric’s cause please visit: http://www.gofundme.com/HSCTforEricT.