Tributes have flooded in following the death of an inspirational mum who battled cancer for more than seven years.
Kate Anne Douglas, who was originally from Billington, but lived in Worsley, died last week aged 40.
Diagnosed with primary breast cancer in 2010 aged 32, just two weeks after the birth of her daughter Lola, Kate Anne underwent surgery followed by chemotherapy and radiotherapy but the disease unfortunately returned, and she was diagnosed with secondary breast cancer in 2012 which spread to her bones, liver and lungs.
After, in 2016, being told by doctors in the UK that there was no more treatment available to her on the NHS, Kate Anne as well as her friends and family, raised tens of thousands of pounds so she could undergo ground-breaking cancer treatment at a specialist private oncology clinic in Germany through the Keeping Kate appeal.
In November, in one of her last posts on the Keeping Kate Facebook page, Kate Anne, who also leaves partner Les, Lola, Izzy (14), and Jake, (13), wrote how she “loved life” and was determined to carry on fighting the cancer.
She posted: “It’s now 14 months since I was told that it was unlikely I’d see Christmas 2017 and I should enjoy what little time I had left with my daughter Lola (now aged seven).
“This was following living with stage four breast cancer for four years (it’s now five) whit whoo!
“Anyhow, I’m still here thanks to everyone getting right behind me and enabling me to have some of the newest drugs in the world after exhausting what was available on the UK NHS.
“My fight still goes on and I need to keep up with the treatments. I’ve got one wish and it’s to be here as a mother to my beautiful little girl Lola and of course my family and friends. I love life and I will do anything just to be here.”
Dozens of people have paid tribute to Kate Anne on the Keeping Kate page.
Her funeral will take place on Tuesday, March 6th, at noon at St Leonard’s Church, in Langho.