Man who named brain tumours Bill and Ted receives Twitter support from actor


father-of-three who named his brain tumours after ’80s film characters Bill and Ted got a most excellent boost when his fundraising campaign attracted support from one of its stars.

Christian Laycock and his partner, Joanna Jaeger, have raised nearly £60,000 so far for life-saving treatment in Germany after the 44-year-old was diagnosed in March.

When the couple first noticed something was wrong, they thought it could be a side effect of his Covid-19 vaccine but the immune response it triggered alerted them to the underlying problem.

After launching a fundraising page, Mr Laycock was shocked when the actor who played Bill S Preston, Alex Winter tweeted: “Please donate and help Chris get rid of bad Bill & Ted.”

Mr Laycock said: “You could’ve knocked us over with a feather. We were out when we got a call telling us.”

He said he decided to name the tumours to “take away their power”, with Bill the “biggy” and Ted the “tiny”.

“I called them Bill and Ted because they are taking us on an excellent adventure. If you don’t laugh, you’ll cry,” he added.

“People are stunned by how positive we are but are not surprised by how we have handled it.”

“My sister owns a personal bespoke stationary company and has made it her mission to make a series of funny cancer cards, because nothing was appropriate for us.

“‘Get well soon’ isn’t right for someone with a terminal diagnosis and ‘with sympathy’ is a bit premature.

“There’s got to be more people out there who want to laugh in the face of what’s happening.”

Mr Laycock, who is originally from Wakefield, West Yorkshire, is undergoing radiotherapy and chemotherapy to stabilise his condition at Manchester’s Christie Hospital.

He has been diagnosed with stage four glioblastoma, with ‘Bill’ being inoperable and affecting the right side of his body and his speech.

The same tumour also has an IDH Wild Type mutation, which means it is fast-growing, and MGMT unmethylated, making it less responsive to treatment.

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