Fight the Fight with Zoe. Let's beat the Big C!

This is my amazing friend Zoe, and her beautiful family. Many of you know that she married her high school sweetheart and the two have been inseparable ever since. The couple have 2 small children and feel as though they have the weight of the world on their shoulders.

2019
In August Zoe was diagnosed with a very rare aggressive form of cancer called mucosal melanoma which has formed near the entrance to her bowel, she had been poorly since April and due to the rare type of cancer that this is, she was sadly misdiagnosed until August. As a stay at home mum, Zoe had just recently set up a business from home which had just taken off when this news came and this month after more bad news, she has sadly since decided to close her business down.

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On 12th September, Zoe had surgery to remove a tumour along with a large amount of muscle and surrounding tissue, this has left Zoe with further life changing complications and a long road to recovery. Sadly, fast forward to November with another hospital stay and serious infection, Zoe found out her cancer is now inoperable and no longer curable, after weeks of recovering from surgery the wound still not fully healed, a full body scan showed the cancer was spreading extremely quickly through her pelvis with local reccurance and disease in 4 sets of lymph nodes, lumps are growing a lot quicker than expected. Christmas Day Zoe had two lumps come up in her neck and a new lump in the same area as the original tumour. Zoe has since started immunotherapy which has a 37% chance of stabilising the disease, the doctors don’t believe the cancer will be cured but hope that it can slow down the spreading and maybe give more options for the future, maybe since starting treatment on 6th December there’s been many side effects and more hospital stays and sadly more disease popping up around the original tumour site.

Zoe is focusing on helping her children and husband through this hard time whilst trying to remain positive, anyone who knows Zoe will know she is extremely positive and doesn’t let her disease control her life. There is no sick pay available to the family because Zoe ran her own business this isn’t an option for her, despite being extremely poorly Zoe still continued to work even whilst in hospital to try keep the family afloat, universal credit was applied for due to the family living on a lower income and they have still 5 months after being diagnosed not paid Zoe any extra money for sickness/sick pay etc. Sadly, Zoe’s husband's wage alone wouldn’t cover the bills, there are so many more extra costs now including nursery fees, childcare costs to get their youngest to nursery, travel costs, no pay for her husband’s days off work, loss of work and business for Zoe etc.

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Please support us to raise enough funds to proceed with this private treatment.

Sadly, there are not many treatment options available to Zoe, standard chemotherapy is not a successful drug that can be used to target this type of cancer and with such wide spread disease radiotherapy isn’t likely to be an option or successful without damaging the area creating more issues due to the areas of disease. Zoe has seen an oncologist privately at Harley Street throughout from diagnosis to the current situation who has fully supported her along her journey. There are some drug options available privately that will prolong life for example imatinib which is available privately but comes at huge cost at around £15,000 for a full course which Zoe is already saving up for. Zoe already has access to full genetics tests ready for her next step which has all been done privately and not available on the NHS, this is the next step Zoe would like to take after immunotherapy, Imatinib has a good chance at prolonging life because Zoe’s immunotherapy is only being used for palliative care & symptom management there is no belief that the immunotherapy will cure Zoe’s disease. Zoe is struggling with pain and suffering extreme nausea from even small doses of morphine, they’ve tried muscle and nerve relaxants and drugs to try relax the brain with no success.
Details of imatinib can be found here https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imatinib

Mucosal melanoma is a very rare, aggressive cancer which once you have it, it’s very hard to cure. The cancer normally spreads into the bloodstream and lymphovascular system due to ulceration which unfortunately Zoe’s already has. It can go to organs and the lungs, eyes, liver, mouth, sinonasal, vagina and any mucosal lining areas of the body. It’s very unheard of and research is very outdated due to the rarity of the cancer. Currently studies show that there is only a 14% chance of survival for 5 years after diagnosis.

Zoe and her team both here and in Harley Street are working endlessly to find a solution pain relief but again sadly this cost will be private.

All of Zoe's loved ones are helping in anyway they can, we all know she is a fighter and will fight this with all her worth, she has already suffered so much, please help Zoe to concentrate solely on fighting her illness and relieve the financial burden hanging over them, any financial support can help the family with their bills, travel, hospital stays, childcare, nursery fees and all the extra ongoing costs that this terrible illness has brought to the family and most importantly it can help them access drugs privately via Harley Street private medical care that sadly isn’t available on the NHS.

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Many of you know, Zoe lost her own mum to Cancer when she was just 15 and doesn't want her children to have the same loss in their young lives that she and her sister suffered. So please help where you can.

Just a small donation could help this young family get through another cancer story!

Thank you for all of your support. X x x

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Lisa Watkin 
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Sculthorpe, East of England, United Kingdom
Zoe Singleton 
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