A CANCER sufferer who has been battling a rare form of the disease for more than eight years has raised more than £17,000 for the hospital where he receives treatment.
Mohammed Akhtar, of Waterloo Street, Burton, has been battling T-cell non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma since he was 19, and receives treatment for the incurable cancer every few weeks.
The 27-year-old has been told on several occasions he has no more than a few weeks to live, but instead of letting it get in the way, he throws himself into raising money to support the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Charity.
Supported by family and friends, he has been organising events for the last three years, and believes he has raised roughly £17,000 in that time.
“I’m pretty much just trying to help people in the same situation. With cancer, it’s continuous. You are always dealing with horrible side effects and it doesn’t stop with the treatment – it’s neverending,” Mr Akhtar told the Mail.
His latest fund-raising efforts managed to bring in more than £1,800 for the charity, and he said he was still collecting donations.
He set up a stall in Burton’s Coopers Square selling raffle tickets and charity items for four days at the end of last week, to boost funds as much as he could.
He said: “We’re happy with the amount. All the money goes to the charity and to come up with £1,800 in four days is awesome.”
The money will go towards two pieces of new machinery for the oncology ward, one of which targets chemotherapy and reduces the amount of harm to other parts of the body, and another which treats brain tumours in such a way that it can reduce the need for dangerous brain surgery.
Other fund-raising efforts include collecting money at Burton Albion football games.