A race night is being staged to raise much needed funds to help a Clitheroe woman transport her seriously ill brother home from the Philippines.
Karen Brown (57) has so far raised more than £9,370 towards her 59-year-old brother Ronnie Lord’s medical tests and treatments - in the hope that he is then fit enough to fly home.
The mother-of-two, who works part-time in Thorougoods on Hayhurst Street in Clitheroe, only found out that her brother was so ill in January after his wife sent her a photo of a thin and weary Ronnie.
Discovering how ill her brother is, Karen set up a Justgiving page with the help of her friend’s daughter-in-law Alana Altham.
Through the publicity, some long lost cousins of Karen and Ronnie who live in America also got in touch and donated $2,500 and this enabled Ronnie to be admitted to hospital in the Philippines for tests.
These revealed that Ronnie has cancer and he now needs life-saving chemotherapy and radiotherapy which costs approximately £6,000 for just one round of treatment.
Alana said: “They can’t operate till he has had treatment to shrink the tumours. They say Ronnie’s cancer is treatable providing he gets this treatment and that’s why we’re so desperate to carry on raising as much money as possible.”
Father-of-one Ronnie, who was being looked after at home by his wife Rebecca, started his chemotherapy this week.
"Hopefully the chemo will kill the cancer cells and will enable Ron to gain weight," said Alana.
"Ron can't put weight on as any nutrients are eaten by the the type of cancer he has."
The plan is to then conduct more tests to find out if the cancer tumours have shrunk enough to operate.
The fundraising race night will be held at Ribblesdale Wanderers Cricket and Bowling Club on April 27th at 6-30pm.
Prizes for a raffle and an auction have been donated by local businesses.
Some local businesses have also sponsored the individual races. They are RAM, Reachout, Thomas Jamie, Fielding Plumbing, Sprayrend Systems, D.Blackburn Contractors and Clitheroe Plastics.
Alana is also hoping to organise a fundraising concert in June.
"I have two confirmed artists but need more. I also need a venue," said Alana. "I need somewhere with a stage for what would be a ticketed do."
To offer your help Alana can be contacted on 07476267153 or firstname.lastname@example.org
To make a donation to help Ronnie visit: www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/ronnielord