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Auntie Heather's Last Chance

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Raised by 1,003 people in 5 months
Created January 10, 2019
Team Bellamy
on behalf of Heather Bellamy
For four years my auntie has been battling acute myeloid leukaemia. She was thank fully able to get a doner for a transplant which she has had twice, However, unfortunately the transplant hasn't worked and you're only able to try it twice and if it doesn't work your body won't accept it. Therefore there isn't anything more they can do for her in this country. She is on chemotherapy again to slow the aggressive cancer down from spreading but there is only so long she is able to have this treatment. Our only option is to raise money to fly her out to America for her to receive the advanced drugs and medicine they have over there for what she needs. However, as you can imagine this is a massive financial commitment and as much money needs to be raised as possible because of expenses including flights, visas, accommodation, hospital bills, medicine and so on. The treatment needed is roughly $25,000 a month. The medicine needed is called Idhifa and is to treat relapsed/refractory late stage acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) in patients with an IDH2 mutation. If you would like to find out more information about it please visit: https://www.sps.nhs.uk/medicines/enasidenib/. The reason she needs to go to American is because the drug isn't licensed in this country yet whereas it is in America and it is optimistic and seeing high results. We need to raise this money as quickly as possible as we really are on a time limit as to how long my auntie can hold on for. She has a whole family who love her and want to do everything they can for her. She has four children who can't afford to lose their mum. Please, anything you can spare to help out my auntie will be hugely, hugely appreciated!
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*IMPORTANT UPDATE*
After very recently confirming with her consultant, my auntie is now about to start a drug called venetoclax. This drug was suggested by a Consultant in America to use as an interim because we did not have enough funding in place for Auntie Heather to go to America for the Idhifa drug. She is going to start it soon but has to be paid for privately, therefore the money raised so far is going towards this but it isn’t anywhere near as expensive as the Idhifa and funds needed to go to America etc. However is of course in the grand scheme of things still a hefty price. This drug isn’t initially designed for my Aunties rare form of leukaemia, however has had some optimistic results for people with her mutuation so we are giving it a try whilst we still try our hardest to raise enough for to go to America. We will keep you all updated on how it goes and of course let you know as soon as we know more. For now we are trying this to extend her time until we can get her to America.

Thank you so much from the bottom of my families and Aunties hearts, we are overwhelmed with the support we have got for her! Keep going we want her to see her children grow up

- Jenny (Heathers Niece)
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If you would like to help raise more money for my auntie, I have designed some Mothers Day cards that are professionally printed at £5 each, free 2nd class delivery and include envelopes. To purchase one head to www.jennywdesigns.com/store

All money raised of course goes to my aunties cause!

Quick before they're all gone!
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Hi all! Thank you very much for all of your support and kind and generous donations it means the world to Heather and our family!

We have been fortunate enough to get Auntie Heathers story into the Daily Mail and the Mirror but they are only online articles. If we are able to get enough shares and publicity surrounding it, it will be sent to print. Allowing for even more people to read about Auntie Heathers story and hopefully donate to her cause. Just from it being online has grasped a lot of peoples attention who have kindly donated. By doing this it will all give us more chance of appearing on programmes such as The One Show and This Morning etc. Which we have had no luck with so far.

Please can I ask, if you are in a position to do so, to share and spread the Daily Mail article as much as you can to twitter/facebook/instagram etc whatever you can! It would make a huge difference in getting Auntie Heathers story out there and for us to reach our goal! If you could, also flood programmes such as The One Show and This Morning with messages and links to the articles to grab their attention! We need as much coverage and pestering as we can get!

I would also like to add myself and dad are doing a skydive to raise money for my Auntie but are struggling to get any sponsorships. If it is also possible to share around and spread the word for that, I would be extremely grateful.

Here is a link for the daily mail article: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-6750635/Mother-48-battling-leukaemia-FOURTH-time-nurse-25-years-NHS.html?fbclid=IwAR0-_seDN3orryoIcb_6uMJ7BjydrV9SJBqMPDvO9HKKeiafp65kO6dc1II

Link to my skydiving gofundme: https://www.gofundme.com/dad-and-daughter-skydive?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=fb_co_shareflow_w&fbclid=IwAR2U-zIxxaBRpF5XMCzizlMqphKDyyuE3G16SYozxAYIvxPbtkL6moLSY3I

Again, thank you all so much, we wouldn't be here without you guys, you are what is keeping us going, your kind, generous donations and messages are everything.

Jenny (Heathers Niece)
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There have been lots of fundraising events set up and we have had over 1.2k shares! I just want to thank everyone for their help and donations!
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£36,821 of £250,000 goal

Raised by 1,003 people in 5 months
Created January 10, 2019
Team Bellamy
on behalf of Heather Bellamy
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