65%
£98,937raised of £150,000 target by 1000 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
15 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 2016 that it had returned in my liver. Secondary breast cancer is not curable, however, it is treatable and although we were devastated by the news and its impact on our family, we were encouraged by the speed in which the NHS responded to my situation.

A year on from my diagnosis, I have been through five months of chemotherapy and started on a three weekly regime of Herceptin and Pertuzumab. Pertuzumab is a fairly new drug which is proven to be effective in treating secondary HER2 positive (oestrogen receptive) breast cancer. However, Pertuzumab is still not available on the NHS in Wales, although it is available routinely in England on the NHS, which is why we set up this crowdfunding page and started fundraising to pay for me to have Pertuzumab at home in Swansea.

We had the incredible news a few months back that my Pertuzumab treatment was to be funded, which was more than we could ever have hoped for, however the story doesn’t stop there. I will need to take Pertuzumab for the rest of my life, or until it stops working. At which point I will need to move on to another combination drug, of which there are very few, as treatment for secondary cancer is not historically successful in the long term. Most of these types of drugs give patients extra months or hopefully years, which although not seen as financially viable by organisations such as NICE is an absolute lifeline to people like me.

This is when the next drug Kadcyla would become critical for me, but unfortunately like Pertuzumab, it is also not available on the NHS in Wales and would need to be paid for privately. This is the reason that we continue to fundraise. We hope that by reaching our target, the money raised will allow us room to breathe as a family, knowing that when we need to move on to another drug that the money will already be in place for us, and will give us another couple of years’ worth of treatments.

I have been loving and living life for the past 10 years and have continued to do so over the past year, which has in a large part been down to all the wonderful people - some friends, some family, some I’ve never met – who have helped us, each of them in their very own unique way. These incredible souls have raised money by donating, baking, climbing, walking, cycling, running, busking, lunching, raffling and much, much more and it’s been truly inspirational and very humbling.

This time next year I hope to be posting another update on more crazy fundraising activities that have taken place and also that I’m still #lovingandlivinglife and #making memories.

Love

Sam, Phil and Ioan xxxx

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  • Samantha Ward-Jones7 months ago
    Samantha Ward-Jones

    Samantha Ward-Jones

    7 months ago

    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-Jones1 year ago
    Samantha Ward-Jones

    Samantha Ward-Jones

    1 year ago

    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-Jones1 year ago
    Samantha Ward-Jones

    Samantha Ward-Jones

    1 year ago

    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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1 year ago

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1000

  • Gareth BEER - TITAN

    Gareth BEER - TITAN

    Dec 16, 2017

    TITAN CONDITIONING - FUNDRAISING CHARITY WEEK! Hope this donation helps Sam! Wishing you all the best from the TITAN gang!

    £500.00

  • Alita Walters

    Alita Walters

    Dec 3, 2017

    We won't be sending Christmas cards this year, instead we are making a donation to Samcan xx

    £10.00

  • Helen KIRKHAM

    Helen KIRKHAM

    Oct 19, 2017

    To our lovely friend Sam, you are an inspiration to us all! Keep #lovingandlivinglife #makingmemories. Sponsorship collected by myself, Sian Horne and Brian Macnabb for our Paris2Swansea cycle. xx

    £3,545.00

  • Callum Daniels

    Callum Daniels

    Oct 11, 2017

    Good luck on reaching your goal Sam. (One of Phil's old students) Wishing you the best of luck)

    £15.00

  • JUSTIN LEWIS

    JUSTIN LEWIS

    Oct 4, 2017

    Sending much love and best wishes, as always. xx

    £50.00

  • Rob Lisle

    Rob Lisle

    Sep 20, 2017

    £10.00

  • Stephen Norris

    Stephen Norris

    Sep 19, 2017

    Hi Sam, I hope you and Phil can come to my dads 80th next weekend.Its a bit late but this the sponsorship money from the Swansea half. Shirley ran it not me!!See you soonLove Stephen and Shirley

    £300.00

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Samantha Ward-Jones

Samantha Ward-Jones

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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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