Published: 12:00, 30 June 2020
A terminally ill mum is raising money to fulfil her dying wish of buying her home so her family have somewhere to live when she is gone.
Sarah Olsen, from Ramsgate, beat lung cancer last year, but was told in April it had returned and spread to her liver, lungs and abdomen.
The mum-of-three was then told the devastating news by doctors that they could only prolong her life with chemotherapy, not rid her of cancer.
The 48-year-old, who lives in Prestedge Avenue with partner Stewart, was then diagnosed with the rare Cushings Syndrome which causes huge swelling and bruising, and can be dangerous if not treated.
But determined Mrs Olsen, who has four grandchildren, is focusing on her family and putting her efforts into raising money to buy her council house.
“I’ve lived here for 28 years and Stewart for 27 years, but it’s my name on the tenancy so when I go, he’ll have to leave,” she said.
“We brought our daughter up here, it’s our family home and Stewart has put his heart and soul into the garden, making it a garden of serenity.”
"I want to be able to give my family something back for all they’ve done for me'..."
Mrs Olsen says due to living there for so long she is now able to purchase the house under the Right to Buy scheme, getting a 55% discount.
“But I’m the only one who can do this as the house is in my name,” she said. “I feel like I’ll be letting everyone down if I can’t do this. I want to be able to give my family something back for all they’ve done for me. It would set my daughter up for life.”
She says the thought of Stewart losing her, and then the house, is too hard to bear.
Her daughter Luanna, 22, who set up the fundraiser to help Mrs Olsen raise the £100,000 needed, says her mum, who also has two sons, faced her cancer battle head on last year and beat it, but this time the situation is less hopeful.
“She has been told to plan for the near future as they suspect she only has one year left to live,” said Luanna.
“She has lived in her home for 27 years with my father Stewart.
“They have built their lives together in this family home, they have raised their children in that home and now their grandchildren, too.
“My mum’s last wish, the one thing she would love to achieve in her life, would be to buy their home, so she can live the rest of her life knowing that she will leave her family some stability and security.
“So her family can carry on living in their family home and remember the years they all had together and cherish every memory.”
To donate to the fundraiser click here.
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