UK news Omagh mum Jemma McGowan ‘overwhelmed’ as cancer battle aid plea raises £100,000 last news
PremierLeague-News.Com - A YOUNG mum who was told this week she is dying of cancer has been overwhelmed by the love from strangers who have donated more than £100,000 to pay for potentially life-saving treatment.
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! "A YOUNG mum who was told this week she is dying of cancer has been overwhelmed by the love from strangers who have donated more than £100,000 to pay for potentially life-saving treatment. Thousands responded to a heartbreaking appeal on Tuesday by mum-of-three Jemma McGowan (27) from Omagh who was told on Monday that she had just a year to live.A new mum to Betty who is just 15 weeks old, Gemma, married to Clive (40), also has little Louis who is one and Sadie, four.Prepared to fight for life for the sake of her three children, she has found an alternative treatment clinic in Mexico which has given her hope for survival.She launched her GoFundMe appeal to cover the £70,000 initial costs of the treatment on Tuesday, expecting to wait months to reach her target.But within just a few hours thousands had taken her to their hearts, donating over £107,000 on day one. The total continues to rise and at last check was sitting at £124,000.Such was the wave of support for Jemma that her email crashed after she received 12,000 messages, many from complete strangers.An overwhelmed Jemma says she can’t thank people enough for their support: “It’s just unbelievable how good people are in our wee country. It broke my heart making that appeal as I felt I was begging for money.“It seemed an impossible amount of money and my husband Clive and I thought we would get a couple of hundred pounds a week and it could take months to raise what we needed.“We are sitting here numb and speechless as we are just so overwhelmed with the support, generosity and messages we received in such a short space of time.“It is the miracle we have been hoping for and it allows us to get my place booked with the Hope for Cancer charity in Mexico to start my treatment.”The type of ovarian cancer Jemma has is so rare it is believed to be the first case of its kind in the UK.It is the second time she has battled ovarian cancer. Both times the disease was picked up during pregnancy.Her latest diagnosis came after she discovered a lump in January while 35 weeks pregnant with her new baby Betty.Her worst fears were confirmed on February 9 when tests revealed she had advanced stage 4 incurable Ovarian Cancer which has spread to her lungs and pelvis.Since then she has come through aggressive chemotherapy treatment which made her long brown hair fall out.The treatment has now stopped after her medical team was horrified to discover that it was actually helping to spread her cancer, which has now gone into her bones.
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. Her first thoughts were for her family and her three young children who desperately need their mum.She says: “My cancer is acting very unusually and aggressively and has no documented cases reported in the medical journals, which makes it difficult for my oncology team to know exactly the best course of treatment or a prognosis.“We knew it wasn’t looking good. On Monday I was advised to get my affairs in order and was told it is reasonable to believe I have only one year to live.“How with three small children can I accept that? I simply can't. I am such a positive person, I live for my family and I have such a zest for life. I need to be here to see my wee babies grow up and to be their mummy.“I am terrified. I’m good all day until night when I see my babies sleeping and then I break my heart as I know I can’t leave them.”Jemma found out about a clinic Hope4Cancer in Mexico with high rates of success in treating terminal cancer, using alternative therapies.Now, thanks to the generosity of the public, the race is on to get her medical notes sent to the clinic so that she can start her treatment as soon as possible.Jemma, who runs her own car sales business, CJM Cars, and husband Clive, who is a car sales manager, will be going to Mexico together with their three children.She says: “The treatment costs around £70,000. I have been told because my cancer is more complicated that I might need additional treatment which could cost an extra £20,000 but they won’t know until I get there.“The clinic has massive success rates but money is the bottom line and now thanks to the kindness of strangers I can go to Mexico and be healed.”You can follow Jemma’s journey on instagram.com/jemhow or donate at www.gofundme.com/f/help-proplong-jemmas-life"
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