More than £18,000 raised in just two weeks for pioneering cancer treatment for a local mum.
PUBLISHED: 17:56 04 July 2017
A Wisbech mum who launched a fund raising campaign to give her a chance of beating liver cancer with pioneering treatment has raised more than £18,000 in two weeks.
Linda Smith and her family have been overwhelmed by the support from people in the community, said her daughter Lois.
“We have had amazing support from people in the town and also from further away even from somebody from Wales,” she said.
“We want to say thank you to everybody who has supported us it means so much.”
Linda hopes to get the life saving treatment she needs that is not available on the NHS.
Events coming up to boost Linda’s fund raising are:
• Family fund day at Wisbech Rugby Club on Saturday July 8 from 11am to 5pm with bouncy castle, music, food and stalls.
• Leverington Sports and Social Club family disco on Friday July 21 from 7.30pm. Tickets £5.
• March Town Hall on Friday July 28 from 7pm to 11pm. Various bands.
Linda has fund raised for others for 12 years as her way of celebrating beating breast cancer - but now it is her turn to ask for help.
Linda said: “In 2005 life was going well until I was given the devastating news that I had breast cancer.
“I went through months of chemotherapy and radiotherapy as well as a mastectomy, whilst staying strong.
“Eighteen months later I had beaten this awful disease, had a reconstruction and tried my best to put it behind me.
“Almost 12 years to the day this horrific disease has hit me like a ton of bricks and returned but this time in my liver.
“I have been given the devastating news that this time it’s terminal cancer.
“My family researched and found a treatment at Hammersmith Hospital in London after local health authorities said there were no treatments available through the NHS.”
The treatment can only be done privately and costs £30,000, she said.
Visit her GoFundMe page here.
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