Tayo Bolakale Salau has been fighting medullary thyroid carcinoma, a particularly uncommon and aggressive type of cancer since 2015.
Since his analysis, the 32-year-old has undergone two surgical procedures and acquired radiotherapy treatment twice, however the cancer has continued to unfold to different components of his physique.
On most days, Tayo stated he’s left exhausted from his situation, whereas the prices of his chemotherapy, medication and session charges add as much as £10,000 a month.
Tayo at the moment lives in Barking, East London, however is on a medical visa, as he has spent most of his life in Lagos, Nigeria and can’t entry NHS care.
This means Tayo has to self-fund all his remedies, having spent greater than £100,000 in private financial savings already to enhance his situation.
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Tayo was resulting from fly to Latvia final October for ground-breaking treatment, however when the borders closed, he was unable to go, and due to that, he was suggested by his oncologist to start chemotherapy treatment within the UK.
‘Raising as a lot cash as we will is an extension of Tayo’s life’
Tayo’s household mates, Maryam Anu Kasim and her husband, Damilola Kasim, determined to launch a GoFundMe final month to assist cowl and assist Tayo’s prices.
Maryam, who described Tayo as ‘like a brother’ stated it was ‘devastating’ that Tayo couldn’t go to Latvia.
She stated: “The fundraiser is a determined attraction to avoid wasting Tayo’s life. Raising as a lot cash as we will is an extension of his life.”
“Tayo himself is sort of a fighter mentally, he nonetheless tries to be as impartial as potential.”
Although Maryam says the unintended effects of Tayo’s chemotherapy might be extreme as he’s usually in a lot of ache, with little vitality and no urge for food.
Despite all of this, Tayo maintains a optimistic angle each day.
(Image: Tayo Bolakale Salau)
‘I don’t take these moments for granted’
Tayo says: “I refuse to let my situation decide how I reside or outline who I’m. After all, it is only one of my many wonderful options.”
In between chemotherapy, Tayo says getting away from bed with little ache is one in all his favorite issues.
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Tayo’s 2015 analysis got here as a results of his authentic analysis, Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia (MEN2A), a uncommon genetic dysfunction affecting the endocrine glands.
“Because of my expertise previous to beginning chemotherapy, I do not take these moments for granted,” he added.
“My favorite moments are additionally spent bantering and making foolish jokes with my siblings and shut mates, over the telephone.”
Tayo says the assist he has acquired from the GoFundMe web page to date has been ‘overwhelming and humbling’