61%
£91,653raised of £150,000 target by 979 supporters

Weʼre raising £150,000 to fund life extending drugs which have been proven to be effective in treating my type of secondary breast cancer.

Location
Mumbles, Swansea, United Kingdom
Time left
158 days to go

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After originally being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007 at the age of 37, we received the news at the end of September that it had returned in my liver. Secondary breast cancer is not curable, however it is treatable and although we have been devastated by this news and its impact on our family, we have been encouraged by the speed in which the NHS has responded to my situation. As we speak I have already four cycles in to my chemotherapy regime.

I was advised by my oncologist that alongside a combination of Herceptin and chemotherapy a new drug Pertuzumab would be best the best option for me. However Pertuzumab is not available on the NHS in Wales, although it is available routinely in England on the NHS.

Having applied to the Health Board’s Individual Patient Funding Request Panel (IPFR), and been turned down, we are looking to appeal the decision, and have also written to our AM Rebecca Evans and MP Byron Davies for support with this.

We have decided that we do not have the luxury of time to wait for any decision on this drug, so in the short term we have using what savings we have to fund at least the first three treatments. The initial loading dose costs £5,000 and every subsequent treatment will cost £3,000. I had my first infusion of Pertuzumab on Friday 21 October.

So in the short-term whilst still reeling from the diagnosis and the implications this has for my family, we have decided to start fundraising. I have been loving and living life for the past 9 years and I intend to keep doing so, we plan on organising #100 fun things to do with the help of our wonderful friends.

We realise that Pertuzumab does not offer a miracle cure, however it gives me hope that I could have months or years of extra time with my husband and son.

If you feel you could help, either by donating, or with fundraising ideas, we would be eternally grateful.

Love

Sam, Phil and Ioan
xxxx

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  • Samantha Ward-Jones

    Samantha Ward-Jones

    2 months ago

    Samantha Ward-Jones

    We’ve had the fantastic news that we have funding for Pertuzumab, one of the drugs I’m currently on & the one we have been fundraising for thus far. However at some point, it could be months, or years, this situation will change. The cancer will find a way around this drug & that’s when I will need the next treatment available. With the fund now standing at £89,091.54 this means that because of your incredible & continued support I will be able to access any new drugs or alternative therapies as soon as I need them. Thank you so much xxxxxxxxx

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  • Samantha Ward-Jones

    Samantha Ward-Jones

    7 months ago

    Samantha Ward-Jones

    Another incredible week of donations from friends, family, friends of friends and the kindest of strangers. Thank you so much one and all! It's overwhelming, but the messages of good luck really do help me keep putting one foot in front of the other. Much love and Christmas cheer, Sam, Phil and Ioan xxx

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  • Samantha Ward-Jones

    Samantha Ward-Jones

    8 months ago

    Samantha Ward-Jones

    In only one month we have raised an incredible amount of money, far more than we could ever have imagined. I have started receiving Pertuzumab and already we are seeing encouraging results, with my blood tests showing weekly improvements in my liver function. This money alone will mean I can continue to receive Pertuzumab until June next year, which is amazing and gives us the breathing space we need to explore our options going forward. Thank you so much! xxx

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  • Liam Quinn

    Liam Quinn

    Jul 17, 2017

    Wishing you all the best Sam. Donation on behalf of Eleanor Morgan-Bearne.

    £50.00

  • Jennifer Walker

    Jennifer Walker

    Jul 10, 2017

    Well done to Sarah G and all who completed the 3 Peaks challenge for Sam's fundraising cause! :-)

    £15.00

  • Rhian Broad

    Rhian Broad

    Jul 9, 2017

    Thank you Grace Gabb for your donation to the Welsh 3 Peaks Challenge. Very much appreciated. xxx

    £100.00

  • eddie harris

    eddie harris

    Jul 6, 2017

    Thinking of you xx

    £100.00

  • Janet Jones

    Janet Jones

    Jul 4, 2017

    Amazing cause and achievement to everyone who ran last Sunday. Xx

    £15.00

  • Welsh 3 Peaks: Surplus Fund!

    Welsh 3 Peaks: Surplus Fund!

    Jul 4, 2017

    £12.75

  • Joanna Plummer

    Joanna Plummer

    Jul 1, 2017

    Well done Hayley and everyone on the challenge x

    £10.00

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Samantha Ward-Jones

Samantha Ward-Jones

Mumbles, Swansea, United Kingdom

My name is Sam Ward-Jones and I live in Mumbles with my husband Phil, our 13 year old son Ioan and our two Labradors India and Willow.

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