A campaign to send a local mum to Germany for pioneering cancer treatment has fast gathered momentum, thanks, in part to a generous donation from a fellow cancer sufferer who recently lost her fight for life.
In just four weeks, The “Keeping Kate” appeal has seen total funds raised go from £40,000 to a staggering £115,000, with more to come from a constant stream of events organised by the family and friends of Kate Douglas (38).
Kate, who is seeking specialist treatment abroad after being told that her cancer is now too advanced to be treated by the NHS, is looking to raise a massive £250,000 for the pioneering treatment, the first part of which she received last week, after travelling to Germany.
Diagnosed with primary breast cancer in 2010 aged 32, and just two weeks after the birth of her daughter Lola, Kate underwent surgery followed by chemotherapy and radiotherapy. The disease unfortunately returned, and Kate was diagnosed with secondary breast cancer in 2012, which spread to her bones, liver and lungs.
Kate, who is also step mother to Izzy (13) and Jake (11) remained optimistic, but scans at the beginning of September showed drastic progression of the cancer tumours in both size and number, now consuming 60% of her liver. She was then told that without treatment, she would not make it until Christmas.
After the family’s extensive research led them to The Hallwang Clinic in Germany, who offer access to the very latest immunotherapy drugs and immunity boosting alternative medicines, the fundraising juggernaut, driven by Kate’s loyal family and many friends, rolled into action with events such as ladies nights, equestrian auctions and golf tournaments raising in excess of £50,000 in the last four weeks alone.
Then, out of the blue, Kate received a significant donation which, as she explained was particularly poignant and special to receive: “There was a donation via my gofundme page by a lady called Kerry Robinson who explained the money was raised to help her mum, who sadly lost her battle with cancer.
“I was so touched that she had chosen to donate the money after finding out about the Keeping Kate campaign – it really was an amazing gesture and I’m so grateful to her wonderful family for their help.”
l The Clitheroe Advertiser and Times will continue to follow Kate’s treatment and progress. For more information, or to donate to the “Keeping Kate” fund, visit: www.gofundme.com/2q8y9rs4. To find out more about the pioneering clinic visit: www.hallwangclinic.com/#private-cancer oncology-clinic