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Rachel's Cancer Battle - A chance of a longer life
£1,141 raised
57% of £2k goal
61 contributors
79 Weeks running
My cousin Rachel is 34 years old, an ICU nurse, mum of 2 amazing children, a wife, sister, daughter, niece, granddaughter, friend and all round amazing person!

Welcome to my fundraising page, I'm Rob, 35 from Leeds and in 3 weeks I'll be running my first ultra marathon, a 32 miles race around Bolton Abbey, Skipton. 

I'm doing this for a great cause; to help raise money to fund the cancer treatment for my cousin Rachel. 

After the birth of her second baby Rachel repeatedly went to her GP with back pain; for 7 months she was told it was muscular and to take paracetamol. After 3 trips to A&E with pain a locum GP advised scans. The scans showed a tumour in the pancreas and bile ducts, a biopsy confirmed it was cancerous and inoperable, only palliative treatment could be offered in the UK. 

Rachel could have taken the word of the oncologist as being absolute; she could have listened to specialist nurses who advised accepting that there was nothing more to do. She didn’t, and with the help of family (in particular her middle sister Jayne) researched every possible treatment and alternative. The results of the research found effective treatments available in other countries.

Rachel Underwent a new type of treatment in Germany which has been funded by her parents. Even at an early stage blood results showed the tumour was shrinking and moving away from neighbouring vital organs and to everyone's amazement after a year the tumour had no active cancer in it and was basically just scar tissue.

Another year on and the cancer was back, it had spread to her lymph nodes, she had ascites in her abdomen and Rachel began preparing to fight again. Her children are one year older, Freya has just started in reception at primary School and Will has moved up a class in Nursery, they are such amazing kids and it breaks my heart that they have to go through this again.

Again the NHS can offer no treatment, except palliative care. There is, however hope, a Clinic in Germany are extremely positive they will be able to help Rachel, by offering a new type of treatment called Immunotherapy. Unfortunately, this time there is not enough money left after paying for previous treatments, and she needs our help to get lifesaving immunotherapy in Hallwang clinic in Germany. Please give whatever you can, and if you can't, thank you for taking the time to read this story until the end. Thank you all so much.

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