wigs to wishes.org.uk

The “Dawn Hughes Wigs to Wishes Fund” has been set up to enable me to receive further treatment at an Oncology Clinic in Germany where they have had a high success rate in stopping the spread of Cancer in patients and giving them the best possible chance of remission. The Berkshire Cancer Centre have informed me that there is little chance of my Cancer going into remission with the treatment available in this country.

Thanks for taking the time to visit my website. I'd like to tell you a little bit about myself. I'm a wife and mother of 3 young children, Matthew 13, Ellie 10 and Freddie 6. I was first diagnosed with Breast Cancer in 2001 at the age of 36. Following Chemotherapy and Radiotherapy, I was in remission until a chance MRI scan in Feb 2005 for an unrelated problem, detected that the Cancer had returned. I was then diagnosed with Secondary Breast Cancer. The likely prognosis given in February was 18 months to 5 years. I then had to undergo aggressive Chemotherapy, but following the results of a recent bone scan, it was found that the Cancer is still spreading. The treatment in Germany will cost thousands of pounds and for most people like myself, the opportunity for this is a dream. Many of my Family and Friends want to make this dream a reality and are making tremendous fund raising efforts, because without them, I would not be able to seek the treatment that I so obviously need and which is not being offered in this country.

Friday, December 09, 2005

Highdown Sponsored Run

This is a copy of the newspaper article reporting on Lauren Cummings hard work for me:

An 11-year-old Highdown schoolgirl organised a run for her classmates to raise money for a family friend with cancer. Lauren Cummings of Badgers Rise, Caversham organised a sponsored cross country run around Highdown School field. She is raising money for Dawn Hughes, 41, a mum of three from Buxton Avenue, Caversham, who has been fighting breast and bone cancer for four years. Dawn, who works at the BBC’s Monitoring Station in Caversham, is flying out to Leonardis Klinik in Bavaria for treatment, but the travel and medical care is expensive.

Family and friends have already completed a sponsored cycle ride from Reading to Portsmouth in October and now Lauren has decided to play her part. She said: “Dawn is friends with my mum and I’m good friends with her oldest girl. I wanted to help so I asked if I could raise some money at school and had to go to lots of meetings to get permission.”

Lauren has already raised £50 herself and persuaded some 50 classmates to join her. She has also been raising money with a ‘guess how many sweets are in the jar’ game.
Mrs. Hughes said: “The whole Cummings family have been fantastic in organising a number of fundraising events. It is wonderful that Lauren, a girl of 11, has approached the school and done all this herself, and that she and her friends are all so keen on helping.”

Thanks Lauren. To see a picture of the children go to my Wigs to Wishes picture website.


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