The sister of a mother-of-three who has cancer is hoping to raise £60,000 towards pioneering treatment so she can watch her children grow up.
Kerry Woods is pledging the help for her sibling Laura, 31, who was given the devastating news she had stage four bowel cancer in June.
Kerry, who lives in Sheerness and has two children, said she wants her older sister to continue being a “wonderful mother” to daughters Lacey, nine, Phoebe, two, and eight-month-old Libbie.
The 29-year-old said: “The worst thing about the whole situation is Laura’s youngest is only eight-months-old.
“She took her first steps the other day and Laura missed it because she was asleep.
“She’s so poorly. She’s already missed out on a hell of a lot and I just want her to get better and be able to watch her children grow. It’s heart-breaking.”
Laura, from Queenborough, found a lump on her stomach five weeks after she gave birth to Libbie on May 5 and doctors confirmed it was bowel cancer.
She has since undergone bouts of chemotherapy but the immunotherapy she needs, a treatment helping the body fight cancer, costs £120,000.
Laura’s family have found one clinic, The Hallwang, in Germany that can provide it.
While chemotherapy and radiotherapy aim to poison cancer cells, immunotherapies work by stimulating and boosting the body’s own immune response to destroy them.
Kerry said: “Our family has clubbed together and we’ve managed to raise £60,000 but now we need help to raise the other half.
“Last month, doctors told Laura there was nothing more they could do for her.
“We looked online and found out about immunotherapy treatment and the recovery chances are good.
“If we can find a clinic providing this treatment in this country it would be great, but if not the only option will be to get her treated in Germany when she is well enough.
“This is Laura’s last chance. If she doesn’t have the immunotherapy she will pass away.”
Laura, who has a district nurse visit once a day and full-time care from her mother Wendy, lost her father Alan to bowel cancer in July 2013.
Kerry said: “After dad was diagnosed, he was tested to see if he had the Lynch syndrome gene to see if it was hereditary, and he had it.
“Laura and I then had to be tested for it and the results came back showing that I didn’t have the gene, but Laura did.
“So as soon as she started having tests for the lump, she said she knew what it was right away.”
“This is Laura’s last chance. If she doesn’t have the immunotherapy she will pass away” - Kerry Woods
Laura’s family set up an online JustGiving page three weeks ago. This, plus other charity events, has seen £7,209 generated.
Kerry said: “All of our family would like to say a very big thank you to every person involved – whether they’ve donated money, shared our fundraising page, or sent us well wishes.
“It has been overwhelming and it means the world to us.
“At the end of the day, it’s all for a very good cause – to save a mum so she can watch her three beautiful girls grow up.”
To donate, go to: http://tinyurl.com/laura60k