Help Save Debbie's Life

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Raised by 908 people in 15 months

Desperate plea for a truly inspirational and brave serving police officer, please take time to read Debbie Hall’s story. Debbie has helped so many other cancer sufferers and now more than ever needs your help. Debbie currently has terminal cancer and despite some superb treatment from Christies Hospital, Manchester, UK she needs to raise funds for specialised Immunotherapy and potentially Proton Therapy. The nearest centre’s are in Germany. Debbie needs funding for the treatment, scans, medication, travel and the various after treatment follow-ups. It is estimated the cost will be the region of £75,000. Debbie has raised 10s of thousands for other cancer charities now let’s make a difference for her. 

(Lets Make a Difference Chairty Ball 2017 - Organised by Debbie)

Debbie was first diagnosed with breast cancer four days before starting her police service in January 2003, aged 32. Despite this huge set, back it did not deter her in pursuing her dream occupation in becoming a police officer. Debbie had already witnessed her mother’s brave fight against the disease. Debbie saw the care her mum received from the services of a local hospice the Eden Valley Hospice. Debbie took inspiration for the way the hospice cared for her mum and took it upon herself to take part in local events to raise money for the hospice and other local causes. Debbie did events such as a Coast-to-Coast Ride, Race for Life and arranged various charity nights. Debbie began to do voluntary work for McMillan Nurses where she acted as a “McMillian Buddy” providing support and advice to newly diagnosed cancer patients and support for their families. Debbie found this work extremely rewarding and was able to draw on her own experiences. Debbie continued to work tirelessly in raising awareness and donations. During her visits to the Police Treatment Centre at Auchterader, Debbie would visit local businesses with a view to highlighting Cancer Awareness and ask for donations towards prizes probably going against Doctors orders to rest. Debbie’s selflessness, determination and drive in her fight against cancer simply holds no limits. In 2010 Debbie organised her first annual charity “Ball” which over time has raised several thousand’s for Cancer Charities. 

(One of Debbies 5 Challenges !)

Debbie the Brave Following a mastectomy, reconstruction surgery and a course of radiotherapy and chemotherapy Debbie resumed her policing career in December 2003. In 2008 Debbie was tested for BRACA 2 gene which was found to be positive. Debbie underwent a further mastectomy and was informed that there was a very slim chance that the cancer would return. During 2015 Debbie began to feel lethargic and tired. Further tests revealed secondary cancers in Debbie’s bone and liver. Doctors told Debbie it was terminal and that without treatment she would have 3 – 6 months to live. Rather than sit back and allowing the cancer to win Debbie began to research the latest treatments and found a medical trial at Christies Hospital, Manchester. Apart from losing her hair, Debbie found the side effects of the new drugs less impacting and Debbie was able to return to work, initially in the control room and more recently as a problem-solving officer in a newly created multi agency hub. Debbie has continued with her charity work during her secondary cancer and set herself five challenges. Debbie has already undertaken a Skydive, Colour Run, and even invited to start a large local “Race for Life” race. Debbie has used her police profile to greatly assist cancer awareness and to help generate sponsorship for her various events. Debbie Inspires Women ! In July 2017, Debbie was awarded British Association of Women in Policing award in the “Inspirational to others” category. On accepting the award Debbie gave a passionate speech from her heart which received a standing ovation. 

(Debbie recieving her BAWP Inspirational Award from Chief Constable Dee Collins.)

(Debbie and fellow Met Officer Tracey Parker both nominated for Inspirational Award)

Please click on the link of video footage of Debbie at BAWP in 2017:  https://youtu.be/TCyDMPFo65o?t=1638

Debbie has 26 year old son, Martyn and a beautiful granddaughter, Skyla Rose, aged 4 years old. Debbie currently lives in Carlisle and is a serving police officer of the Cumbria Constabulary. Debbie is currently putting her house on the market and selling other assets to go towards the costs.  

(Debbie with Skyla Rose)

Current Medical Up Debbie currently has tumours in her liver as well as her bone. Debbie has taken part in several medical trials at The Chrisite’s Hospital, Manchester and initially the tumours had reduced in size. However shortly after Christmas 2017, further tests revealed the tumours had grown. Debbie again started having chemotherapy, however a blood infection prevented any further treatment for some time, following a blood transfusion Debbie has again began a new treatment of medication. Debbie’s recent decline and increases in tumour size has found her looking for new ways to treat her cancer. The best treatments can only be found outside the UK and Debbie now has limited time to be treated hence this appeal from this platform for financial assistance.

(Blood Transfusion Day !)

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Dear Debbie Supporter…..
Hi All,
I am Debbie’s work supervisor. We both thought it would be great time of year to give an update on both the crowd funding and Debbie’s current treatment. Currently the fund stands at £68,409 which leaves £6,591 to reach the goal. This is an astonishing achievement in just 9 months of fund raising!
Despite the amount of publicity Debbie has received from the various press, social media and fund raisers she has never liked discussing her condition or treatments.
Recently, a number of people has asked her how her treatment in Germany is working. This is an understandable question. In July, Debbie had a number of biopsies, which found her receptors within the cancer had changed. This was positive news as it meant that Debbie was able to take on a further treatment available using the “wonder” drug Herceptin, previously this was not an option for Debbie but due to the change in her receptors, it was now available. Debbie updated the Doctors in Germany who are supportive of this course of action at this stage of her treatment. At this stage, the immune therapy treatment is on hold until the UK treatment is exhausted.
Whilst the drug is currently keeping her cancer stable it has some significant side effects, which has led to Debbie been admitted to Christie’s in Manchester. Debbie became unwell during December and thought it was just a cold but on further investigations Debbie requires further treatment and will unfortunately spend this Christmas in hospital.
It goes, without saying that she been overwhelmed by your generosity and has probably found this aspect the most difficult part of her plight. The fund raising has continued throughout the year, which has been truly amazing. Debbie herself has raised further funds for the Hospice following another successful Charity Ball at the Shepherds Inn, Carlisle.
Debbie has continued her police work in the Carlisle Local Focus Team and is currently involved in setting up mini police team within Jigsaw in Carlisle where children suffering from long-term illness can be part of the mini police initiative. As her supervisor, it is often difficult to balance her illness with her work but we now have an understanding which for those who know Debbie often leads to heated discussions and of course I am always wrong !
Debbie would like to say a huge thank you for your contribution towards the fund and all your kind words of love and support. It really has given her that extra drive and determination to fight harder than ever and so much more hope for her family.
Debbie sends her love and best wishes to you all and hopes you all have a wonderful Christmas and a Healthy 2019

Chris Blain
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Hi I Just Thought i'd drop everyone a wee hello .....!!
Over the past couple of weeks it's been a bit of a roller coaster ... as they stopped one of my drugs due to a rash i had developed ... Christies thought it was something that was life threatening ... so after a few days in hospital and being assessed ... it thankfully wasn't what they first thought .... so i've not had one lot of my meds for 3 weeks now ...!!
But today after attending Christies for a consultation with the consultant .... She tells me that they are going to restart me on my meds next week to run with the injections ive continued to have .... And Also Amazingly i was then informed that my liver and Kidney function are both running normally and better than they have been ... so im just hoping that my scan reflects these blood results ... here's hoping and praying ... so many doors have opened here and over the water ... so all good news Xxx Thankyou to every person out there who have and are still supporting me ... !! it means so much to me and my family ... and i can't Thank you all enough ... Xxx
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Good Morning Everyone ... i just thought i'd share an update with you all.....!!
12 weeks ago now i had some tumour biopsies taken due to Cancer Treatments Failing To Work On My Cancer .....i felt that something must have changed for this to be happening ..... Anyways the biopsies have been sent off for testing some here in uk and some sent further a field ...... !!
I have recieved the results back from the Uk testing and it shows that my tumour receptors have changed ..... with this info .... i broke down in tears ... as i only new that this was a good thing ...... !!! Due To This Change This Has Opened Many More Doors both here in the UK and also Germany .....Which is asbsolutely Overwhelmed Me and My Family.... Although This Is Good News For Me its also Good News For Others Out There....!!!

I'm currently still receiving treatment here in the Uk .... and will be looking to head back over to Germany once other results are all back .... but this will be for a consultation again ... to Look At All The Options That I Have ..... Lets Keep Striving To Find A Cure For All Those Out There Suffering Xx

I'd like to take this opportunity to all those out there who have helped me in my journey it is thanks to you all that i have been given these opportunities.... and through my own research .... So Thankyou Once Again And Lets Keep Fighting Xxx Debbie
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