AS KATY Dawson starts her grueling eight-hour-a-day treatments in Germany for the rare form of breast cancer she has, her loved ones are edging ever closer to their fund-raising target to get her the rest of the cash she needs.
The aim is to raise £50,000 for the entire treatment abroad and yesterday, as The Standard went to press, the total on the fund-raising page was just short of the £40,000 mark.
Katy, who lives in Cofton Hackett, found a lump in her breast whilst she was 35 weeks pregnant with her now 14-week-old son Evan, and was told the devastating news that she had triple negative tumors – an extremely rare form of the disease which only occurs in 15 per cent of cases.
Although Katy started her six-month course of chemotherapy back in July, she fears it will not be enough to save her life, meaning she will have to leave baby Evan and daughter Aurelia behind. After tireless research in a bid to kick the cancer for good she found the pioneering new treatment she is undergoing but it was not available in the UK so her friends and family have been raising funds to get her to Germany for it.
Clare Millward and Katy’s other friend at Lickey Hills Primary School are organising a family funday between 1pm and 4pm on September 17, but are in need of someone to do the catering.
They want to hear from owners of a burger van, jacket potato vendor or any others who might be able to help them feed their generous donors.
There will be no charge for the stand but the team are hoping for a small donation to the cause in return.
She said: “Katy is in Germany, she’s had a consultation with the doctor and has started treatment, apparently its quite scientific so I haven’t had an in-depth description from her.
“Its long days treatments are lasting around eight hours and I know they are there for two weeks.”
Anyone able to help should contact Clare by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.gofundme.com/katybcf to donate to Katy’s cause.