10 August 2023
David Bateson was diagnosed with melanoma of the scalp in 2019, and since then, the cancer has unfortunately spread to his liver, lungs, and spine. However, he is currently on a course of immunotherapy at Addenbrooke’s helping him live as normal a life as possible.
Earlier this month, David arranged a charity football match to raise money for Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust to fund more research into immunotherapy for cancer. Ampthill Town Football Club and Luton Town Football Club under 21s (which David’s son Jack plays for) battled it out on the pitch, with former England goalkeeper David James even making an appearance on the night.
David said: “I started on a course of immunotherapy at Addenbrookes, a relatively new drug, and it’s had some amazing results. It allows your immune system to fight cancer cells and is generally ‘kinder’ on the body than chemotherapy. My cancer is now stable and has been for the last 18 months. This drug allows me to live with cancer; I believe I wouldn’t be here today without it. I have a strong desire to raise money to say thanks and help contribute to more research in this area. The work that has been done so far has given me my life back.”
Thank you to David and everyone who supported the event helping to raise over £24,000. This amazing amount of money will help to make our hospitals even better! If you want to do something to thank the hospital visit our website.Return to news