Gemma Nuttall Cancer Fund
“Gemma needs further urgent specialist cancer treatment in Germany. Without it, she will die.
I have been in communication with Gemma and her lovely mum Helen, for a while now. And we are all so thrilled that we were able to send Gemma off to the Hallwang for her first round of treatment. I will continue to assist with her costs, but we do still badly need your donations. Join me in supporting this 28 year old Mum! Let's truly do our best to keep her alive for her 3 year old daughter Penelope, who loves and needs her Mummy so much. We might be able to save her life with these desperately needed funds for this essential treatment. So spread the word out there! Let's all tell as many people as we know, and please keep the words of support coming and the incredibly generous donations coming.
Everyone deserves the best chance at life, let's all try to help Gemma and Penelope have theirs!”
From Gemma's mother, Helen:
Many of you out there will be familiar with Gemma’s story and will have seen our campaign on this GoFundMe site previously. After what seemed like a unbelievably long and exhausting battle we were told by the doctors here in the UK that nothing more could be done for her. She was put on palliative care and we were told she had just a few months to live. We all came home that day feeling numb, dejected and utterly devastated, as you could imagine.
I closed our original GoFundMe Page because I didn’t think there was any hope left. I had spoken to one clinic in Germany already who said they could not help us. After a few more days of feeling rejected and after speaking with friends and family, I decided to contact the original clinic in Germany I had been told about months ago called The Hallwang. The reason I had not pursued this clinic is because I had discovered how massively expensive it was to go there and receive treatment.
After realising our options were now running out, we have now made a trip over there and they have said that Gemma’s type of cancer can be treated with Immunotherapy that is not available in the UK and not in every clinic in Germany - which is why the other one could not help us. This is a lifeline so now Gemma can get the treatment she so desperately needs. It is a proven treatment and has worked for many patients in the past .
We, as a family, are all too aware of the huge amount of money this treatment is going to cost, and for this reason we have re-launched Gemma’s GoFundMe campaign in the hope that we can continue to build her fund up to cover the cost of this.
So please read our campaign below which will tell you what has happened since the closure of the old page and where we are today. Thank you to each and every one of you who have previously donated and to all of you that will be reading this for the first time and can help us reach our target. We are truly grateful .
As a mother, I believe one of the worst things you can ever hear is "Mum, I have cancer." I have heard these words not once but THREE times and my daughter is only 28 years old - let me tell you about her.
The day she was born was a day I will cherish and remember forever - I had a beautiful baby girl. The years went by and she grew into a beautiful young lady. She met someone and a wedding was planned. Things changed a little when she found out she was pregnant and wedding plans were put on hold. During her first pregnancy scan a so-called "cyst" was discovered. We were told not to worry and that they would take a look at it on her next scan. The next scan came and our world changed forever in a single phone call. "Mum, I have cancer.”
Gemma was 16 weeks pregnant - she was offered a termination so the tumour could be removed immediately and treatment started, but Gemma decided her unborn child's life was more important than her own so she declined and insisted on carrying on. Gemma carried her baby while having endless scans and feeling dreadful. At 36 weeks, due to size of the huge ovarian tumour, it was decided to do a c-section at the same time as removing the tumour. They kept her awake so she could see her own beautiful but small, daughter, Penelope, arrive into the world - only to be put to sleep and have the cancer removed.
Penelope was taken to intensive care for the next few weeks, and Gemma came home to recover without her baby. A few weeks went by and Gemma was having scans, along with chemotherapy and radiotherapy regularly. Then it happened again - a phone call to say "It’s come back, I have cervical Cancer."
We were completely devastated. Gemma had surgery and was cured once more. She had been clear for the last 2 years. Penelope was now a beautiful 2 1/2 year old and we were so relieved.
Sadly, in April 2016, she was diagnosed with brain and lung cancer which is now classed as metastatic stage 4 cancer which has spread from the original ovarian cancer back in 2014. Her brain tumour has since been removed and the 6 months of chemotherapy have ended. Gemma is awaiting results of her latest body scans. There is a nodule on her lung which they are keeping an eye on. We continue on a daily - weekly - monthly basis to battle this crippling disease and have been told this is all we can do until there comes a day they turn around and say, "There is no more we can do."
Just before Christmas 2016 Gemma was complaining of headaches once again, so I took her to have brain scan. We were then sent to see the neurologist that removed her first brain tumour. As Gemma took herself off to the bathroom, I seized my chance to speak to him alone. He said the words I was most dreading which was, “She has some new tumours. "
You never get used to hearing those words and every single time I have heard them it takes my breath away in an instant and tears well up. This time I forced the tears back, knowing Gemma would be walking back in the room and I had only seconds left. I quickly said to the consultant, "Please don't tell her, it's the week before Christmas, nothing can be done before the New Year anyway - why spoil it for her? Please let her and Penelope spend it together without this hanging over her head.”
The consultant agreed with me thankfully. My wish was granted. Gemma and I returned home and we celebrated Christmas together as a family without her knowing what the New Year had in store.
The brain tumours have now been treated and we continue on our journey.
Gemma was a born fighter and little Penelope needs her mummy around. We will not go down without a fight!
Despite everything this disease has thrown at us, we have pushed on and have now visited a clinic in Germany that we hope can save her life. They have said there is something that can be done and offered us the treatment of the future for cancer sufferers called Immunotherapy. We have a treatment plan in place and are actively going through the motions of organising the things we have to do to make this happen.
This GoFundMe campaign is to help us raise funds to help us pay for this ground-breaking treatment.
In the event that this ground-breaking treatment in Germany does not help Gemma, we will throw all of our efforts into organising a bucket list for her and little Penelope to make as many memories as we can so she will always remember what an inspirational and amazing mummy she had. What a terrifying thought this is.
Please help us all you can!
We are all totally devastated - physically, emotionally, and mentally - and need every ounce of help we can get to help us get through this next episode of our journey.
Thank you so much,
Helen, Gemma & Penelope.
With this in mind, I would like to take this opportunity to raise some money so I can leave a donation on behalf of myself & my daughter Penelope for the "Make a wish foundation " in our names -
This is very close to my heart as a young mum my self so I can at least help children and young adults that are in my situation
All I am asking is for £5 from everyone ....if we can all just give £5 in my honor so I can help families everywhere else just a little -
Please share with your friends and help me do this as maybe one of my very last wishes - Thank you - Gemma & Penelope xx
PS - I wanted dto ask for just £1 but the minimum donations on the gofundme is £5 ( sorry )
Gemma was admitted to our local hospital on Friday where she had some MRI & CT scans -
We are devastated to tell you Gemma now has cancer of the spinal cord along with bone cancer in some of her vertebrae.
We have been told she won’t be allowed to fly because the spine is to unstable so we are currently waiting to see what our options are -
She has already had 3 lots of radiotherapy and is taking steroids which she hates to try and reduce the swelling in and around her spine .
It seems no matter how hard we fight this battle it keeps coming back at us ... and then some !! :-(
How much more can this poor woman take .
We are trying to remain strong as always and despite this devastating news we remain positive and are as determined as ever to put up a hell of a fight .
I am hoping to speak to the Christie next week and see if we can get some form of immunotherapy there .We will
You informed as to her progress -
Thank you for all your support and kindness -
We had seven treatments in Germany Consisting of check point antibodies and Immunotherapy drugs and a host of other treatments , it was a long old slog travelling over there every 3 weeks but oh my goodness , boy was it all worth it to get these amazing results after having been written off in our own country !! :-(
If we had done nothing and just gone home to "prepare " ourselves for the inevitable event in their eyes then I would not be sat here writing this and Gemma would not be at a "Disney on ice " event which is where she is right now with our precious little Penelope enjoying her life and doing what "normal " people do .
So whats for the future I hear you all asking -well we are heading to The Christie in Manchester In 2 weeks where we are to meet with a professor of immunotherapy there and hopefully she can be put on a maintenance programme that will keep her cancer free for the rest of her life - This is what I am hoping anyway , if we end up having to go back to Germany and do it all again then so be it , but the theory behind immunotherapy is once it kills the cancer it doesn't come back ??
weare just on cloud nine at the moment and actually looking forward to christmas once again , a christmas that would not be happening for Gemma and Penelope if it wasn't for all you amazing people out there that donated all that you have to our cause . We literally owe you her life because we never would have made it this far without all the funding - so once again we thank each and everyone of you from the bottom of our hearts , you're all just amazing people and we are eternally grateful - and not forgetting the incredibly fabulous Kate Winslet - I run out of words when it comes to thanking her for all the behind the scenes work she has done for us and what she has manage to pull together to get to our target - again we literally owe her for saving Gemma's life , how do you ever say thank you to someone who has done that- The amazing thing about Kate is she is just naturally a giving kind of person and requires nothing back in return , she is privileged i think to be in such an amazing position to help others on the planet and this is exactly what she does - She is always doing something for other for other charities and other people like Gemma , I dont know where she finds the time and energy , I am not the only one to think this either apparently she has just been won a big award in America for ll the work she does for charities and individuals like Gemma -Read below the extract ----
Kate Winslet To Be Honored With Actors Inspiration Award
September 19, 2017
Kate Winslet: Profile
The SAG-AFTRA Foundation has announced it will bestow its Actors Inspiration Award to critically-acclaimed actress and philanthropist Kate Winslet, highlighting her career achievements and honoring her charitable work.
The nonprofit’s Patron of the Artists Awards celebration will also honor director/producer Judd Apatow, Academy Award winning director Kathryn Bigelow, and Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos for their roles in supporting actors and performing artists in their careers. The event takes place Thursday, November 9, at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills.
Academy Award winning actress Kate Winslet has brought to life some of cinema’s most captivating and memorable roles. Her resume consists of critically and commercially acclaimed work including Steve Jobs, Little Children, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Iris, Titanic, and Sense and Sensibility, as well as a span of awards and honors that illustrate her talent and solidify her permanent place in cinema history. A seven-time Oscar nominee, Winslet earned the award for her role as Hanna Schmitz in Stephen Daldry’s 2008 “The Reader.” She also won an Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of the title role in the HBO mini-series “Mildred Pierce.” Up next, Winslet will be seen in Hany Abu-Assad’s The Mountain Between Us opposite Idris Elba and Woody Allen’s Wonder Wheel opposite Justin Timberlake and Juno Temple, both of which will be released this winter.
As one of the most accomplished actors of our time, Winslet has simultaneously used her artistic platform to champion several philanthropic causes. The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Actors Inspiration Award recognizes Winslet’s dedication and commitment to a broad array of philanthropic activities ranging from global causes like her own Golden Hat Foundation working for children with autism and their families, and more regional charities in the UK such as Cardboard Citizens whose aim is to rehabilitate and provide creative sanctuary for at-risk and homeless individuals, down to very specific fundraising for disadvantaged individuals seeking life-saving cancer treatments.
"We are so proud to honor Kate Winslet with our Actors Inspiration Award. Without a doubt, Kate is an incomparable actress who we admire for her work and contribution to our craft. Yet, what makes Kate this year’s honoree is the work she does behind the scenes making a difference in the lives of children and adults living with autism through her Golden Hat Foundation while simultaneously supporting so many other worthwhile charities," said SAG-AFTRA Foundation President JoBeth Williams. “Kate has been a game changer and role model in our industry, setting a sterling example for all artists and leaders to use their influence to give back to the greater welfare of others. We look forward to presenting her with this award for all she has accomplished, and all she has given back
Wow isn't this incredible - Many many Congratulations Kate , and sooooo much deserved.
See what an inspirational woman she is , I have no idea how or why she came into our lives on that day but she did and we feel so incredibly lucky she found us ...and she helped us to find all of you lovely people to -
Our journey I guess is a never ending one , Gemma is going to need help and support for the rest of her life but with people like all you guys , and Kate on the planet we feel an enormous amount of love and support comes with us and you will never know how much this has helped us get through everything we have endured . This is Gemma just the other week , she is glowing don't you agree and this is all down to each and everyone of you ...so Simply thank you :-)
It is important that everyone be afforded access to the latest treatment(s) regardless of ones ability to pay. It is even more important that these treatments be made less expensive, which greater access and use tends to lower overall costs to the providers. This is only punctuated further when the case involves the mother of an infant. Please take immediate action to save the life of Gemma Nuttall, and give her child the chance to experience the full measure of her mothers love. We must not allow cost alone to condemn both a mother and her child.
I am really sorry to read what u going through. love to all. Please have a look at The truth about cancer,documentaries about curing cancer naturally,lots of helpful tips...diet,jucing,turmeric,vit C injections,essential oils...etc. Also on FB groud called Arnica will give helpful tips. I wish u all the positive and miracle.xx
My spiritual friend, Tim Janis created a beautiful, wonderful music video "Wings of Hope" dedicated to you Gemma Nuttall. We all are praying for you with your guardian angels! Wish your cells are starting to work with Elemental Force and regain natural body with you. Always have hope! May happiness with Joy fill your heart! May white light from the heaven fill your body and your soul. Infinite Gratitude to our body!! Love and Light♥ Mieko
The link above to the petitionsite.org in the updates is not working but there is a related petition on Change.org below. https://www.change.org/p/nhs-help-cancer-patients-like-gemma-nuttall-by-making-immunotherapy-available-in-the-uk to bring Immunotherapy to the United Kingdom and make it available to Cancer patients like Gemma.
What absolutely fantastic news. I hope your consultant here in Manchester agreeds to continue the treatment but at least you have the backing to return to Germany should he decline. You look wonderful, such a pretty young lady with a stunning little girl. We wish you all you dream for Gemma now and for the future xxx
We may not have been able to donate as much as I wish we could but I'm thrilled that this treatment has helped you so much. It's so lovely to read the updates on you sweetheart and to see how many big hearted people there are in this world of fear, war and hurtful people. Keep smiling that adorable smile you have. Steph xx
Thank you to all of you that have been able to donate, and stop saying "sorry it's not much" every little counts each and everyone of you are worth a million thanks regardless of what you donated, you have given this lady and her daughter HOPE, LOVE and if the body is willing LIFE - so THANK YOU ALL - see what can be achieved when we all pull together instead of pulling each other apart ♥