Most parents try to set a good example for their children.
And former Royal Marine, Matthew Goodman hopes to teach his daughter about compassion and sacrifice.
The 35-year-old, who served in the 2003 Iraq War is making the ultimate sacrifice by selling three of his service medals to help fund four -year -old Lottie-Woods John’s £200k cancer treatment.
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Mathew Goodman is selling his war medals to help fund cancer treatment for four-year-old Lottie’s treatment.
Despite never meeting little Lottie, father-of-one Matthew was touched by her fight with rare childhood cancer, neuroblastoma.
His medals awarded for tours in Iraq, Afghanistan and Northern Ireland are currently being auctioned on eBay and he hopes to fetch the maximum contribution to help fund Lottie’s much needed treatment.
Matthew told the mail online: ‘When I came across Lottie’s fundraising campaign, I was heartbroken to read of her battle against childhood cancer. As a father, I couldn’t imagine seeing my baby daughter, Freya suffering like that.
‘My medals were just sitting in a drawer doing nothing and I thought they could be used for something worthwhile.’
Lottie was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer aged just two when doctors found a melon- sized tumour in her stomach.
Lottie desperately needs an innovative vaccine treatment only available in America.
A few months later she underwent a 13-hour operation to remove 95% of the tumour, and is currently undergoing immunotherapy to zap the rest of the cancerous cells.
But the tot faces a high risk of relapse and desperately needs a clinical trial available in the US.
Mum Charlotte Wood, added: ‘Lottie has been given a 20 per cent chance of surviving the next five years and there’s 85 per cent chance of the cancer returning.
‘The vaccine treatment in the US is a preventative measure and we need the £200,000 imminently.
‘When Matt contacted me to tell me he wanted to sell his medals to help pay towards treatment costs, I was speechless. He risked his life for those medals and I can’t thank him enough.’
Dave John and Charlotte Woods with Lottie, their daughter.
Last year, she underwent a 13-hour operation to remove 95% of the 12cm tumour.
Fewer than 100 children in the UK are diagnosed with neuroblastoma each year with most aged under five.
Matthew said: ‘Once the medals are sold in their place I’ll be wearing a childhood cancer awareness ribbon. For me nothing is worth a child’s life.’
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