NI mum diagnosed with aggressive ‘triple negative breast cancer’ hopes cancer treatment abroad will give her more time with two children

A crowdfunding appeal set up to fund cancer treatment for a NI mum diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast cancer has raised £35,000.

Wednesday, 28th April 2021, 4:17 pm

Organisers of the appeal have posted their delight at the generosity.

Organiser Lisa Rooney says: “Just a quick update to say a massive thank you to everyone who has donated to Sharon’s fund and taken the time to share and like her page.

“We really really appreciate your support. In just less than a week we have reached over 30k which is unbelievable and we thank you all from the bottom of our hearts.

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“Sharon wants to thank each and everyone of you from the bottom of her heart for your kind messages of support, your shares and your donations.

The crowdfunding page says mum-of-two Sharon, from Belfast, is “a beautiful young woman, a daughter, a granddaughter, a sister, a friend, but most importantly a mother of two very young children Grace aged 13 and Cadain aged 2”.

It adds that “in February 2020 Sharon received the devastating news that she had breast cancer after finding a lump in her left breast”.

“Sharon was then told that this was Triple Negative Breast cancer, which is one of the most aggressive forms of breast cancer, dealing Sharon with a really poor prognosis,” adds the post.

“Sharon has constantly demonstrated determination and strength with the one goal of being there for her children and watching them grow up.

“Having made the decision to fight cancer with everything she has, she underwent gruelling chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

“Having found out that she carries the BRCA1 gene Sharon made the decision to have a double mastectomy to further her chance of survival and being there for her children.

“During her treatments Sharon experienced horrible side effects but remained positive and resilient throughout.

“2020 was an extremely tough year for many, but especially Sharon who has remained determined to fight this with her heart and soul”.

In September 2020 Sharon received the all-clear - but in September 2021 she was “dealt the heart breaking news that her cancer had returned”.

“This time it had metastasized to her liver, stomach and spine,” adds the post.

“With the cancer spreading so quickly it presents an aggressive nature and this is why we need your help.

“Sharon is not ready to stop fighting for her family and has recently received an opportunity to travel to the Hope4Cancer treatment centre in Mexico to help save her life.

“We her family and friends want to support her in her fight and that is why we have decided to set up this page, with the hope of raising enough funds to allow Sharon to travel to Mexico to receive the treatment that could help save her.

“Please consider whatever is affordable even the smallest of amounts could help in keeping Grace and Cadain’s mummy here with them where she belongs. Any donation will be very much appreciated.

“If you cannot donate please share Sharon’s story to spread awareness of the importance of checking yourself as early detection could help save your life.”


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