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£805raised of £500 target by 29 supporters

    Weʼve raised £805 to Donate to the UCLH Cancer Fund that help towards reseaching Leiomysarcoma, the rare cancer that my mum had when I was born!

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    London, United Kingdom
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    Funded on Friday, 30th December 2016

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    It's my 40th birthday on 1st December 2016 which means it's also 40 years since my mum was given a C-section and a large cancer tumour was found.

    For those that don't know I was born with a dent in my head and a birth mark on my face where I was sharing womb space with cancer.

    A bit of background about this rare cancer:

    Leiomyosarcoma is an aggressive soft tissue sarcoma derived from smooth muscle cells typically of uterine, gastrointestinal or soft tissue origin. They are aggressive tumours that are often difficult to treat.

    The prognosis is poor, with survival rates among the lowest of all soft tissue sarcomas.

    Against all odds my mum survived!

    Both me and my sister are lucky my mum is still here and she gives thanks everyday that she was given the opportunity to see us grow up. I was a new born baby, my sister only 6 years old.

    My mum has had a lifetime of medical issues and daily pain but she will always be thankful to the cancer unit that saved her life at UCLH.

    When I was born she was sewn up and allowed home for Christmas, the doctors didn't think she would live much longer. A kind nurse at the hospital took time to understand my mums broken English, she had only been in the UK 5 years and explained there was an operation that 'could' give my mum some more time.

    It was thanks to this nurse (who we don't know the name of) that convinced my mum to ask for the operation.

    This happened in January 1977... No one expected her to last longer than 6-12 weeks.

    Many of my mums friends on Facebook will remember that she was in hospital for a long time suffering from large doses of chemo and radiotherapy, she was even in a hospice for a while. Yet somehow she survived and we believe she became a research case at UCLH.

    For 20 years she had to go to yearly check ups with the doctors always surprised after looking at her case notes.
    We would love to raise money to help continue research into this rare cancer.
    Thank you from mum

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    • CRISTINA SERRAO

      CRISTINA SERRAO

      a month ago

      CRISTINA SERRAO

      So exciting that we have more than doubled the target...

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    • CRISTINA SERRAO

      CRISTINA SERRAO

      4 months ago

      CRISTINA SERRAO

      Great news I managed to contact one of the consultants that treated my mum. So the chosen charity is now UCLH Cancer Unit and Dr Tobias is Chairman of the charity. Amazing he still works ther and remembered my mum!

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    4 months ago

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    29

    • Kimberley Cole

      Kimberley Cole

      Dec 17, 2016

      Merry Christmas

      £50.00

    • Warrick Hale

      Warrick Hale

      Dec 14, 2016

      Sorry I missed the 40th party. Good luck with the fundraising. W

      £30.00

    • Rebecca Hayes

      Rebecca Hayes

      Dec 10, 2016

      Sorry I missed your birthday celebration. Great story and cause! X

      £20.00

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    CRISTINA SERRAO

    London, United Kingdom

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