Weʼve raised £60 to help my best friend's daughter get treatment for a rare cancer
- Funded on Sunday, 6th August 2017
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In September 2016, we received the devastating news that Jessica Lenihan, one of our closest friends, and one of the kindest, most caring and intelligent people you could wish to meet, was diagnosed with a very rare and aggressive cancer, known as cholangiocarcinoma.
The symptoms of this type of cancer are incredibly difficult to spot, and when Jess was diagnosed on the week of her 26th birthday, it was already too late for surgery. The cancer has spread to her liver, lungs and lymph nodes and is therefore inoperable and incurable.
Chemotherapy is being used to slow the spread of the cancer, but sadly for this type of cancer, it can only control the disease for an average of 11 months. Jess has now had seven months of chemotherapy and time is incredibly precious in the search for plan B.
However, we have not given up hope and that’s why we are asking for your help.
Jess’s best chance is immunotherapy, a treatment which harnesses the body’s immune system to fight its own cancer. This has been used in the US to extend the life of a cholangiocarcinoma patient, who has now survived the disease for 6 years and counting. It has shown such success in treating other types of cancer that it is now routinely available on the NHS for many patients. But - although this treatment offers a chance to slow the growth of Jess’s cancer considerably or, in the best circumstances, put it into remission entirely - immunotherapy is not currently available on the NHS for this type of cancer. And it is extremely expensive. To privately fund a course is expected to cost in excess of £100,000. No one expects to save for a situation like this.
Jess grew up in Derbyshire and after working incredibly hard to graduate from both Durham and Oxford with degrees in the arts, she was working in a major gallery in London. Like any young adult, she had a bright future ahead of her. But sadly Jess has had to give up her dream job to try and fight this.
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- 2 years ago
stewert waldron2 years ago
Thank you everyone. I really appreciate this and will go to help a very deserving person in Jess Lenihan Kind regards Stewert
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Jul 13, 2017
Good Luck from Mark & Jill
Jun 26, 2017
Good luck to you all From Ali and Carol @ Tickhill Po
Jun 2, 2017
Good Luck Stewert , Karen and Jemma xx Make sure Stewert isnt in charge of the map Ladies 😂
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