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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.

Monday, September 03, 2007

Fund Raising 70's/80's Night

A fund raising event was held on Saturday 1st September to help boost the Wigs to Wishes funds. The event was a 70's/80's Disco with fancy dress optional. It was fun to see the different costumes on the night. Photos to be published soon!!

A raffle and auction were also held and I would like to take this opportunity to thank those companies and individuals who contributed towards the prizes.

In total we raised in excess of £2,000 and this would not have been possible without the kind generosity of those that attended the evening and those that helped organise the event. I would like to say a huge thank you to Wendy Hines who is always so instrumental in organising these type of fund raising events and also to Sue Hamilton for giving Wendy a helping hand.

Without this type of support, I know that I would not be able to visit the Leonardis Klinik in Germany and therefore receive the excellent care and treatment that is available in Europe but sadly lacking in our NHS hospitals.

Unfortunately it does boil down to money. There are treatments our there that could prolong the lives of Cancer sufferers, Avastin and Tykerb to name a few in my case, which I would like to try but the NHS have said that these are too expensive and they cannot afford to give to their patients. Many cancer patients in this country remain in the dark when it comes to their treatment because the UK Oncologists don't want them to know that there are other treatments available that could help but the NHS can't afford them. I'm sure they would have a riot on their hands if the patients really knew the truth!

So, thank you everyone that helps in one way or another to help me fight this dreadful disease.


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