We have started this fundraising page for our dearest Victoria, wife to Geoff and mum to Olivia (8) and Georgia (5), daughter, sibling, friend and colleague…
What started as a common cold that Vicky just couldn’t shake, developed into a severe cough, and after various visits to the doctor, Vicky’s GP prescribed a course of antibiotics and a chest x-ray. The results of her chest x-ray showed a 6.5 x 5 cm mass in her lung, most likely a chest infection. A further course of antibiotics were prescribed followed by a CT scan. Doctors then suspected Tuberculosis and Vicky was hospitalised for a week where a biopsy was taken, and more meds prescribed.
On 29 May 2018, at the age of 35, Vicky was diagnosed with the rare Stage IV non-small cell lung cancer. This cancer is seen in patients who have never smoked, and that starts in the lung and metastasizes to the brain and to various other areas of the body. We were shocked - Vicky had always been healthy! She was a superb athlete, an ex-professional tennis player and tennis coach, a health food fanatic..
With the initial targeted treatment of Afatinib - a tablet used to treat non-small cell lung adenocarcinoma - together with brain surgery and radiotherapy, the disease was treated successfully for a year but unfortunately, the medication then became immune to the cancer. Vicky then had aggressive chemotherapy, immunotherapy, radiotherapy, cryoablation treatment and more surgery to treat the lesions found in her hip, spine and rib.
In the two challenging years of having these multiple treatments, Vicky continued as normal, although life was far from normal; whilst she could no longer drive (due to the brain surgery) or play tennis, she continued to work her day job as a consultant, and caring for her husband and beautiful children in between aggressive treatments. Vicky has never stopped fighting and will never stop.
Vicky’s last few treatments have been positive and the tumours on her hip, spine and rib have been treated successfully. Doctors are now focused on Vicky’s lung and brain and her latest liquid biopsy results show evidence of a resistance mutation which can now be treated by a targeted 3rd generation medication, called Osimertinib. Although Vicky has exhausted all NHS treatment options, her Doctors hope that this tablet can control the disease and/or reduce the size of the tumour (enough so that it can be surgically removed), hence the urgent fundraising appeal.
Osimertinib costs approximately £7,500 per month and its estimated that Vicky will need this tablet for a period of 12 months. We therefore need to raise a total of £90,000 for Vicky to undergo this treatment which could potentially save her life and she needs to start this treatment as a matter of urgency. Vicky has nothing to lose but everything to gain!
Vicky is one of the strongest, bravest and most selfless people we have ever known and during this ordeal, she has astounded us with her positivity, hope, courage and strength. We know that raising this amount of funds is a huge ask and all contributions are greatly appreciated, there is no donation too small.
From the entire family, we would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to all the nurses, doctors and specialists treating Vicky, thank you for your unyielding determination to fight for Vicky and for giving us hope. Thank you to all for the tremendous outpouring of love and support, we are humbled and truly grateful, and even moreso now, as we are all facing uncertainty as a result of Covid-19. A truly difficult time, but a time that will show how we work together (even if not in the physical sense of the word) is how we win together.
Let's do this together, for Vicky.
- Elena Salvasser
- Media Khalel
- Paul Bevan
- Darren Goldstein
- Mike Fyall
Fundraising team: Team Vicky (8)
Winchester, South East England, United Kingdom