'You've given me the gift of life': Cancer patient, 29, thanks LBC listeners who raised tens of thousands for treatment

21 June 2023, 10:12 | Updated: 21 June 2023, 14:24

Cancer sufferer Megan McClay reacts to surpassing her target of £80,000 thanks to your donations

By Will Taylor

A 29-year-old cancer patient has said she is "over the moon" and thanked LBC listeners after they backed a Nick Ferrari campaign to raise tens of thousands of pounds for treatment in just one day.

Listen to this article

Loading audio...

Megan McClay, who is suffering from a rare cancer, told Nick about her efforts to raise funds for chemosaturation treatment that is yet to be approved by the NHS.

The Norfolk resident described her efforts to fundraise prolonging life treatment after being diagnosed with ocular melanoma when she called on Tuesday. She had £12,500 raised when she spoke to Nick.

Read more: Cancer sufferer, 29, needs to raise 'intimidating' sum for lifesaving treatment

Megan McClay is suffering from ocular melanoma.
Megan McClay is suffering from ocular melanoma. Picture: Social Media

But she has hit now her goal of £80,000 that will fund two rounds of treatment - her family will finance the third, with each costing £40,000 - thanks to generous LBC listeners donating tens of thousands after hearing her plight on Nick Ferrari at Breakfast.

Speaking to him after the target was reached on Wednesday, she said: "I'm absolutely over the moon. Since I got off the call to you, all day, I’ve just been running on pure adrenaline.

"I've been speaking to family and friends who have just been in absolute in tears.

"It's just been so emotional," she said while on the verge of crying.

Her condition affects around five in one million adults and is a form of eye cancer that develops in the cells that produce pigment. Megan shared with Nick that the cancer has also "metastasised" to her liver.

The treatment costs an "intimidating amount" and despite having approval from care guidance body NICE to go ahead with the treatment, Megan told Nick it is not paid for by cancer funding, because it is considered a medical device, not medicine.

But it has given patients prolonged life with minimal side effects, allowing people to have "comfortable lives", she said on Wednesday.

Asked if she had a message for LBC's generous listeners, she said: "Thank you, so so much, there are no words to express how incredibly grateful my family and myself are. You have given me the gift of life and I cant thank you enough, and thank you Nick for giving me an opportunity to speak about this."

Nick said: "At a time when the news agenda is dominated by so much negativity, it was a privilege to channel the best wishes and donations towards Megan from my fantastic LBC audience."

See Megan's Just Giving page: Weʼre raising £80,000 to fund crucial cancer treatment for Megan

More Nick Ferrari

See more More Nick Ferrari

Dame Esther Rantzen has told LBC why she is campaigning to change the law on assisted dying

‘Dogs get treated better than humans’, Esther Rantzen says, as TV legend demands assisted dying law change

Rishi Sunak (l) puts on a brave face to the Tories by-election defeats on a visit to Harlow. New Kingswood MP Damien Egan (top r) and Wellingborough MP Gem Kitchen (bottom r)

Rishi Sunak begs frustrated Tories 'not to put Starmer in power' after party suffers double by-election disaster

New Labour MPs Damien Egan and Gen Kitchen

'They are not very good results': Tory chairman admits after double by-election drubbings as MPs call for tax cuts

The peer was speaking to LBC's Nick Ferrari at Breakfast

'It was known yesterday' Azhar Ali had made more Israel conspiracy theory comments, peer tells LBC

Scammers should be treated like violent criminals, a senior anti-fraud officer has said.

Scammers should be treated like violent criminals, senior anti-fraud officer tells LBC

The vessel is due to lead the largest Nato exercise since the Cold War, involving more than 40 vessels, after its sister ship was forced to cancel its deployment because of an 'issue' with its propeller shaft.

HMS Prince of Wales docked while it should be 'defending our interests abroad', Minister brands it 'not acceptable'

Lord Rose took aim at government quangos in the wake of the Post Office scandal

'They grow like multi-headed hydras': Asda chairman takes aim at government quangos after Post Office scandal

Exclusive
Lord Stuart Rose speaking to LBC's Nick Ferrari

Police 'not picking up the phone' to attend shoplifting 'endemic', Lord Stuart Rose tells LBC

Dentists who set up practice in areas of England with poor access to NHS care will be offered a £20,000 bonus

Health Secretary Victoria Atkins stumped on exact figure for new dentists as ministers plan £20,000 ‘golden hello’

When asked by Nick to sum up the Government in one word, Ms Keegan said: "Delivering."

Gillian Keegan rates the Government using Ofsted descriptions - and it's not 'Outstanding'

Education Secretary Gillian Keegan tells LBC she is ‘very, very confident’ of 15 hours of free childcare by April

Education Secretary Gillian Keegan tells LBC she is ‘very, very confident’ of 15 hours of free childcare by April

'Fairer' social housing reforms will ensure system used 'in the right way' by those who 'play by the rules', the Housing Minister told LBC

'Fairer' social housing reforms will ensure system used 'in the right way' by those who 'play by the rules'

Iceland CEO on his support for Labour after defecting from the Tories.

'The Tories have failed the nation': Iceland CEO and former Tory donor throws support behind Labour

The policing minister has said first-time offenders for knife crime will not be jailed.

No plans to jail first-time knife offenders despite desperate pleas of Nottingham attack victim's family

Exclusive
US voters can do better than Donald Trump and Joe Biden

'Two old men fighting over a Zimmer frame': US can do better than Trump or Biden as president, says Jon Sopel

Nick Ferrari says bosses need to 'get a grip' and start justifying their huge pay packets with services that actually work

Firms led by overpaid bosses need a ‘reality check’ - let's get people back to the office, says Nick Ferrari