My name is Katherine and I’ve got Stage IV breast cancer, which means the disease has spread to different parts of my body and is now incurable.
I’m raising funds to enable me to access cancer treatment that isn’t currently available on the NHS. I’m hoping to raise enough money to have treatment at a private cancer clinic in Germany.
Despite having disease in my liver, lungs, bones and brain, I’ve been able to enjoy a reasonable quality of life until recently. Unfortunately the last two drugs have failed and CT scans have shown progression in all areas of my body.
The disease and it’s treatments are beginning to take their toll. I have recently undergone treatment for painful bone metastases as well as radiotherapy to my brain. I'm becoming increasingly unwell. This has forced me to explore treatments not currently available in the UK.
German cancer clinics are at the cutting edge of cancer treatment and although there are no guarantees with any cancer-treatment, I feel that going there will give me the opportunity to tackle the disease in a different way. The treatments proposed by the clinic include Tumour Antigen Screening, Peptide Vaccinationsand Immunotherapy.
This life-saving business doesn't come cheap and this is where you come in. My goal is to raise £40,000 which will cover the cost of my initial stay along with return visits.
Two years ago you helped me raise funds for my Tumour Profiling report, a report which was worth it's weight in gold. It's taken me a lot of courage to ask for your help again but this time it's different. My situation is becoming ever more desperate and I'm running out of treatment options here in the UK. The treatments I hope to have in Germany could be life-saving.
Friends are kicking off the fundraising with a Charity ceilidhin Manchester and others are doing more extreme challenges. You're an adventurous lot, but I know that not everyone wants to climb Everest or run an ultra-marathon. So if you're looking for an excuse to dust off those trainers or maybe even host a cake sale, then here it is!!
Any donations no matter how small will be gratefully received and will contribute towards me reaching my goal xxx
In the unfortunate event that I'm unable to utilise funds raised, these will be donated to the new UK secondary breast cancer charity Second Hope. Likewise any funds not required for medical treatment will be donated to Second Hope.
If you'd like to read more about my story please go to: https://killerkath.wordpress.com