A MUM-of-three given a terminal diagnosis has seen her cancer reduced after “pioneering” new treatment in Turkey.
Sarah Day, 40, is currently in Istanbul undergoing immunotherapy, infusions and dendric cell treatments – none of which is currently available in the UK.
As treatment is not available on the NHS Sarah has to raise a further £50,000 to enable her to complete the potentially life-saving treatment.
Her friends Debbie Ford, Heidi Kavanagh, Debbie Herring, Julia Fisher, Tracy Gorgen and Jem Fowler have rallied round to help raise the cash and have planned a host of events in the coming months.
Sarah, from Bicester, said: “I had a pet CT scan which showed all areas of cancer are smaller and responding to treatment with some gone entirely so great news at this halfway point.
“I would obviously like to thank anyone whose donated.
“Like I’ve always said I’m not important or special, I could be anyone’s friend, sister, mother or daughter, cancer is that random and indiscriminate.
“I’m just a mum of three trying not to die. I hate asking people for money and naturally am very private but it’s the only way I can raise the money for this pioneering treatment.
“I’ve seen countless people walk away from here in a state of remission having been told by the NHS they have no options left.
“It’s both heart-breaking and empowering.
“When you have three little lives depending on you there is nothing you won’t do. Being away from my children is hard, I missed two of their birthdays before Christmas and my feet barely touch the ground at home before I’m off again.
“But I hope I’m buying much more time and many more birthdays.”
Among the events organised by Sarah’s friends is a charity football match on Sunday, an Ann Summers night on January 27 and a Valentine’s ball at the Littlebury Hotel on Saturday, February 10.
Debbie Ford said: “Sarah is a fighter, she doesn’t complain, and she is doing everything she can to fight for her life and be here for her children and boyfriend.
“Cancer has taken too many people I know, some still fighting; it’s wrong that Sarah has to fund this herself and it’s not available on the NHS, so we will continue to fight with her.”
To find out more about the fundraising campaign go to www.facebook.com/sarahdayfundraising/