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£2,764raised of £5,000 target by 147 supporters


    Doncaster, United Kingdom
    Funded on Saturday, 30th June 2018

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    My cousin, Carlene is 34 years old. Back in August 2015, shortly after having her 4th child, whilst bathing she discovered a lump within her right breast. After consulting her doctor, she was given the shocking news that she had grade 3 breast cancer.

    She came to terms that she had to fight this illness with all her power, but as she was about to start chemotherapy in December 2015, her son, then six month old Jaycob became seriously ill, too.

    Lethargic, the still soft part of his skull started to swell and, after seeing the GP, he was rushed to hospital. It emerged that Jaycob’s brain had filled with fluid which could cause damage to the brain – leading to him needing brain surgery four times in just two months.

    Sadly, this meant that Carlene was unable to see her son throughout this period as her immune system had been totally wiped out by the chemo. This leading her to be open to infections and further illness.

    This left her heartbroken as it would with anyone, as at times it was touch and go whether Jaycob would make it.

    Back to October of 2015, Carlene had a lumpectomy, Unfortunately, surgeons could not remove all of the tumour, meaning she needed a second lumpectomy a few weeks later.

    Still not cancer free, she was then told she needed to undergo months of chemotherapy to prevent the cancer from spreading.

    As she was starting her treatment, Jaycob took ill and was rushed to hospital and then transferred to Sheffield children's hospital. Surgeons operated to drain the fluid from Jaycob’s brain, but just 24 hours later, it returned and his stitches popped open.

    Medics restitched his head, but again the fluid returned and burst them open.

    Sent home for Christmas Day, Jaycob was rushed back to hospital on Boxing Day, as the fluid in his brain was now blood stained - a sign of a brain infection. Realising the seriousness of his condition, medics inserted a shunt into the baby’s brain, during a four to five hour operation, to drain fluid away if it continued to build-up. Jaycob’s operation was successful, after which he spent three weeks recovering in hospital.

    I am pleased to say Jaycob is now fit and well and enjoying life as he explores the big wide world.

    Carlene continued her treatment – going on to have a double mastectomy in June 2016, to stop her cancer from spreading.

    Carlene had breast reconstruction surgery in February 2017 and was in what she thought was remission.

    Unfortunately, this Christmas just gone, Carlene discovered another lump. This time in her stomach. Concerned, she sort advice from her GP and had tests done to establish whether the lump was sinister.

    Unfortunately, tests have revealed that Carlene is now fighting again with this illness. Results show that Carlene has secondary breast cancer and is fighting for her life again at the tender age of 34.

    Doctors are doing all they can for her, and Carlene is soon to start chemotherapy once again. This is to try and manage the cancer and make Carlene as comfortable as possible.

    Let me remind you that Carlene has 4 children and an amazing partner by her side, but we need all the help we can to try and get her the help and support by experts to allow her to watch her children grow and to allow her to live a life she deserves. There are things out there that can help achieve this goal but they cost money, lots of it.

    I am asking everyone/anyone to help by whatever means they can. I really don't want to be writing this and asking for your help but believe me, your help really is needed and will really make the difference for Carlene and her family.


    Thank you xxx



    • Chris  Wood9 months ago
      Chris  Wood

      Chris Wood

      9 months ago

      A quick update, as some of you may be aware I am holding a charity evening on Friday at bessecarr tennis club to try and raise money for Carlene. You can see Carlene’s story at For anyone interested in joining us on the night tickets are £4. That includes pie and peas, race night, raffle and auction of sports memorabilia. There are only a limited number of tickets left so if your interested please pm me. Please join us and help make a difference xx

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    • Chris  Wood10 months ago
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      Chris Wood

      10 months ago

      I would like to say the biggest of thank you’s to everyone who has so far supported Carlene and her family. We have done so well so far, so much love and generosity from people, it really is heart warming. Please don’t forget we are holding a charity evening 2 weeks tonight at bessacar lawn tennis club, race night, pie and peas, raffle and sports memorabilia auction. It is a ticket only event. Tickets are £4. If you wish to join us on the night please PM me or call me if you have my number. I will be updating early next week with all prizes ❤️

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    • Chris  Wood10 months ago
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      Chris Wood

      10 months ago
      Update from the Page owner

      I would just like to say a big thank you to each and every single one of you who has donated, shared Carlene’s story or sent messages of support. The situation with Carlene is not good and we are now pushing so we can give Carlene the funds needed to allow her to make some memories with her children while she can. Please keep giving what you can. Let’s do this for Carlene and her children. PLEASE. Love to all ❤️

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    • Anonymous


      May 21, 2018

      What an awful tragedy, hope you reach your target.


    • Anonymous


      May 4, 2018

      Thinking of you all.

    • Kathryn Croydon

      Kathryn Croydon

      Apr 5, 2018

      From my prosecco raffle . Much ❤️ Carlene xxx


    • Denise Walker

      Denise Walker

      Mar 20, 2018

      Hope this will help towards you goalSending love ❤️ Xx

    • Karen Cook

      Karen Cook

      Mar 19, 2018


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      Mar 7, 2018


    • Clive Scott

      Clive Scott

      Feb 27, 2018


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    Chris  Wood

    Chris Wood

    Doncaster, United Kingdom

    Carlene is my cousin who I have been brought up very close to. We have shared so many special memories from holidays to playing power rangers in the garden 😂. Carlene is such an amazing person, she has four children who she deserves to see grow and make special memories with.

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