Story

Thanks for taking the time to visit my page. It really means a lot to the both of us.

It’s hard to imagine this time last year. And even harder to express the challenges we’ve faced along the way. But it’s not over yet. Let’s help improve the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of blood cancers, and make this journey that little bit easier for future generations.

I’m starting close to home because I can’t let Kate be the only one without hair!!

To show your support please click the “Donate” button or Text CHOP62 £(insert amount) to 70070.

 

 

Kate’s Story 

After years of training, Kate had just landed herself the perfect job. But it was all soon to change.

It started with a little bit of back pain mid-2012 which got progressively worse over the next 6 months. After regular visits to see numerous doctors, she was still no closer to an answer. Yet Kate was determined the pain would not stop her from taking her daughter on the trip of a lifetime to Disney World.

But her body had other plans. The whole holiday Kate was in complete agony, unable to enjoy the time with her daughter. The pain had got so bad that she went to hospital in America. Although investigations were inconclusive, Kate was advised to seek further medical attention on her return to the UK.

Back in the UK and she was straight into hospital again, but the doctors were still confused. It wasn’t until late January when a mass was discovered on her spine, however further investigations were needed to confirm what this was. After 2 biopsy’s, a CT scan, an MRI scan, a bone scan, and many X-rays, a confirmed diagnoses of Lymphoma was given on the 1 March.

Chemo was planned for the end of March, but worrying symptoms lead to a further MRI scan. It showed that the tumour had destroyed the vertebrae and according to the doctor, Kate was days away from being paralysed. She was rushed in for an emergency spinal operation and had 6 vertebrae fused. She’s now got two 8 inch rods and 8 screws holding her together.

This set the Chemo back for another 3 weeks. Finally, Kate received her first session mid-April. As if things couldn’t get any worse, she developed an infection and was hospitalised again, this time for over a week. But she was determined not to let this get her down and has since battled through 6 Chemotherapy treatments (R-CHOP). She has now got Radiotherapy to look forward to for the rest of the year.

Yet above all, the worst experience for Kate has been losing her hair. She loved her hair. I also love mine, but I love Kate more. And that is why I’m shaving mine off.

 

Luke’s Story

I had always wanted dreadlocks. And 7 years ago, Kate and another friend helped me create this style. After 8 hours of painful back-combing, I eventually had them. For the next 6 months I carefully tended to them on a daily basis to make sure they knotted (and yes, they get washed twice a week). They took some getting used to but I still love them. Not just the look, but the sense of freedom they portray. But I can’t let Kate be the only one without any hair.

 

Fundraising

Please donate through the ‘JustGiving’ web page or text message. All money donated goes directly to Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research charity. They are a leading UK based blood cancer charity at the forefront of research. They are dedicated to improving diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of all blood cancers, including Lymphoma.

http://leukaemialymphomaresearch.org.uk/

To donate:    http://justgiving.com/kate-luke

                        Text CHOP62 £(insert amount) to 70070

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Social Networking

Please spread the word. Tell everyone, let them all hear about this event. E-mail your friends, watch it on Vimeo or YouTube video, forward the links, ‘like’ it on Facebook, or tweet about it on Twitter. Keep a track of the amount raised and don’t forget to tune in for the next video.

 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kate.luke.thedreadedshave

YouTube: http://youtu.be/_CTGGqdQS40

Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/73904041

 

Thanks

Thanks to those who have spent the time to read this info and watch the video. A special thanks to our close friend Stewart at Soup Creative for making the video. And we can’t forget the extraordinary healthcare staff who have helped Kate along the way. But most of all, thank you to all who donate.

http://www.soupcreative.co.uk/

 

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Updates 7

Good news!!! PET-CT scan results are back!!! The treatments have been effective and Kate is over the first hurdle. But it’s not over yet, she will be on close watch for the next few years. Still, this is exactly the news we wanted to hear.

21/03/14 16:57

A huge thank you to the Nesscliffe Young Farmers who fundraised a massive £1050 in Kate’s honour. Also, thanks to Emma Jones (Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research rep) for coming to the presentation evening. See the Facebook page for photo's. Thank you for a great night.

11/03/14 09:13

Part 2 is finally here!! Please visit Facebook, Youtube or Vimeo and search for "The Dreaded Shave: Part 2". But we can’t stop now. We’re only £159.81 under an astonishing £3000.

28/01/14 20:45

In the coming weeks, Kate will receive a PET-CT scan to determine the treatments effectiveness, and I’m staying positive. Anyway, Kate’s happy because she’s now got more hair than me!!! Once again, thank you all for your wonderful generosity and donations.

28/01/14 20:42

2013 was a very gruelling year for Kate. The treatments have not always agreed with her but she fought her way through and is recovering well. The support from friends and family has made this journey that little bit easier, but I am still humbled by the resilience Kate displays.

28/01/14 20:39

Raising money for

Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research

Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research

Charity Registration No. 216032

Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research is the only UK charity solely dedicated to research into blood cancers, including leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma. Your contribution really will make a difference to the lives of the 30,000 people diagnosed every year with a blood cancer. beatingbloodcancers.org.uk

Donations 143

Donation by Anonymous on 05/04/14

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Behind you both on this! Such a great cause and wish you all the best for a speedy recovery Kate!

Donation by Rhys Hughes on 30/03/14

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

text donation

Donation by Anonymous on 26/03/14

£5.00

Donation by Ian Law on 25/03/14

£25.00

+ £6.25 Gift Aid

text donation

Donation by Anonymous on 24/03/14

£3.00

You've touched my heart!! Wishing you three all the luck and love in the world!! xxx

Donation by Jenn on 24/03/14

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

well done on raising a fantastic amount, with my best wishes to you both

Donation by Louise Robbins on 10/02/14

text donation

Donation by Anonymous on 03/02/14

£1.00

Just watched the film on u tube. So happy to see Kate today, so happy that you're both happy And I have the best feet in the world. Lots of love xxx

Donation by Anita on 03/02/14

£100.00

+ £25.00 Gift Aid

All the best to you both!

Donation by Anonymous on 31/01/14

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Better late than never - best wishes to you both...

Donation by Mike Glassborow (THE Medical) on 31/01/14

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Kate Stancombe on 30/01/14

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All my very best wishes.

Donation by Anna Bunce on 30/01/14

Good job and good luck to you both

Donation by Martin Ward on 30/01/14

Well Done Luke. Keep up the positive attitude and hard work.

Donation by Dr Praveen Kumar on 29/01/14

All the best with Kate's treatment!

Donation by Charlotte Powell-Jones on 29/01/14

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 29/01/14

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Well done Luke

Donation by Jacqui & Daz on 28/01/14

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 28/01/14

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Lady in the shop-Thanks

Donation by Anonymous on 27/01/14

£4.00

+ £1.00 Gift Aid

From Eleanor. Thank you

Donation by Anonymous on 03/12/13

£2.00

+ £0.50 Gift Aid

From you're favourite 23 Small Lane house mate

Donation by Kano on 28/11/13

£5.00

You've conquered the mountain now keep climbing.

Donation by Wendy & Alan Jones on 20/11/13

£100.00

+ £25.00 Gift Aid

Your bravery Kate has been amazing. Lots and lots of love from the Jones familyxxx

Donation by Robin and Helen Jones and family on 06/11/13

£100.00

+ £25.00 Gift Aid

Nansi Littley

Donation by Anonymous on 05/11/13

£3.00

+ £0.75 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£2,955.19
  • Offline donations£1,050.00
  • Text donations£204.00
  • Total raised£4,209.19
  • Gift Aid£529.88

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