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£12,251raised of £10,000 target by 406 supporters

Weʼre raising £10,000 to Bowel Cancer West and the Ricky Grant Unit at Torbay Hospital

Torquay, United Kingdom
23 days to go

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My name is Kelly Stabb and I am 38 years old. I am married to Simon and we have two sons. Jake is 10 years old and Luke is 8.

I have always considered myself to be relatively fit and healthy and have been involved in various sports for most of my life, running half marathons and a 23 mile cross country run being my greatest achievement.

In January 2017 after being unwell for a few weeks I was given a CT scan. Nothing could have prepared me for the update delivered by a nurse who sat on my bed and explained that a cancerous tumour had been found in my upper colon, and several cancerous tumours were evident in my liver. I was diagnosed with advanced stage 4 bowel cancer. I was completely devastated and the update was life changing. I will never forget that night spent in hospital and the conversations that I had with Simon. He is not only my husband but also my best friend. That night changed us both and he has dealt with and juggled so much this year. He’s a real good one and how he has coped with this I will never know. I had emergency surgery the next day and 6 months later had 60% of my liver removed. I’ve had 6 months chemotherapy this year and recently found out I’m still not cancer free. I am now awaiting a further operation in 2018, more chemotherapy and then hopefully I’ll be fixed.

Since my diagnosis I am so grateful for the medical treatment that I have received. I have researched bowel cancer and learnt a considerable amount about the charities behind the scenes that have played a major part in improving bowel cancer treatment and survival rates. The research conducted and treatment I have received has saved my life.

I now have an over whelming feeling to give something back and want to raise as much money as possible for a very deserving charity ‘Bowel Cancer West’. This is an essential Charity which was founded to improve survival rates of people with bowel cancer in the South West. Their key aims are to increase awareness of bowel cancer, train health professionals and fund valuable research that is South West led and internationally recognised.

Colorectal (bowel) cancer is Britains 2nd biggest cancer killer but only ranks 4th for cancer diagnosis. This means that a higher proportion of those who are diagnosed do not survive. BCW are currently looking to raise £10,000 to improve outcomes for young patients with bowel cancer. This is clearly very close to my heart.

Unfortunately young patients (those under 40) often present an advanced stage of the disease, requiring major surgery which can lead to worse treatment outcomes and a higher chance of the cancer reoccurring. With funds raised, BCW will bring together some of the top medical and engineering brains in the UK to assess the latest technology to be used in the region to improve survival rates of the disease.

In order to attempt to raise my target of £10,000 I am planning various events in 2018 with the help of a few friends. Simon, myself and my sister in law Sam Tyrrell, along with several friends will be running the Edinburgh marathon on Sunday 27th May 2018. It is likely that I will still be having cancer treatment but I am determined to complete it. I am also planning a charity ball on the 9th June and our sons are planning various events at their school to help to raise money.

Our friend, Steve Taylor has created a particularly difficult challenge for himself to raise money towards my target. Most would find this physically impossible. Steve is planning to run 7 marathons in 7 consecutive days, starting on Sunday 28th January 2018 and completing his last run on Saturday 3rd February 2018. He will finish his last few miles at the Park Run at Torbay Leisure Centre in Paignton. I cannot thank Steve enough for what will be an extremely difficult challenge to raise money for BCW.

Any sponsorship that you can afford towards supporting us with our challenges in 2018 will be greatly appreciated. Anything over my target i intend to donate to the Ricky Grant unit at Torbay Hospital who provide care for cancer patients.

I have set up a ‘Just giving page’ if you are able to make a donation. Please click on this link and give what you can justgiving.com/crowdfunding/kellystabb

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this. Your support means the world to me.

I will ensure to include updates on this page of everything we are doing.

A massive thank you in advance.

Kelly xx

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  • Kelly Stabb2 months ago
    Kelly Stabb

    Kelly Stabb

    2 months ago

    Apologies I can't recall everyone's names but Carla, you & your family & friends were absolutely amazing. Everyone was always so busy and the atmosphere with so many people was wonderful. The donations from people and willingness to help & support my chosen charity always brings a massive smile to my face & I can't thank people enough. Thank you so much Carla for organising it & for everyone's help in raising a massive £1870 which will be sent direct to BCW. I would certainly recommend you and your team to arrange/host any event. Love Kelly xx

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  • Kelly Stabb2 months ago
    Kelly Stabb

    Kelly Stabb

    2 months ago

    Hi everyone Just wanted to share another event with you that took place on Saturday 14th April 18 at the Cambria Hotel in Paignton. A dear friend who I have known since our teenage years Carla Laywood organised a coffee morning and held it at her parents hotel Dawn and Gary Gregory. I am very confident in saying this was no ordinary coffee morning. The donated raffle prizes were incredible , the multiple cakes to choose from were out of this world and the organisation and helpfulness of people running it on the day was first class.

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  • Kelly Stabb3 months ago
    Kelly Stabb

    Kelly Stabb

    3 months ago

    The amount that has been raised on this page is truly overwhelming. With cheques received and the donations from Charlotte and Ellie a further £1515.10 has been raised but sent direct to BCW and not added to this page. This would mean that the actual total raised so far is £13,311.10. I'm blown away. Thank you so so much everybody. Love Kelly xxx

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Page last updated on: 6/13/2018 11:29 AM

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406

  • Simon Stabb

    Simon Stabb

    Jun 13, 2018

    Thankyou to Liz, George and Amy for arranging a cake bake.Love Kellyxx

    £140.00

  • leanne Mckillop

    leanne Mckillop

    Jun 11, 2018

    £5.00

  • Karen Blair

    Karen Blair

    May 28, 2018

    Money raised from selling ear rings etc at Sherwell Valley School. xx

    £120.00

  • Joanne Moores

    Joanne Moores

    May 18, 2018

    Donation from Mums friend Chris Smith xxx

    £10.00

  • Alan Jones

    Alan Jones

    May 7, 2018

    Kelly all the best to you and your family, from a fellow sufferer in Cornwall👍

    £10.00

  • Lynda Jones

    Lynda Jones

    May 6, 2018

    So sorry to hear your story, but keep positive. You are truly amazing and I wish you and your family all the very best of luck 😊xx

    £10.00

  • Katie Webber

    Katie Webber

    May 2, 2018

    Thinking of you all. XX

    £10.00

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Torquay, United Kingdom

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