A Sunderland mum diagnosed with a rare type of terminal cancer hopes to raise enough cash to take her kids to Disneyland this Christmas.
Mum-of-two Kayleigh Lynch, 26, of Southwick, has been diagnosed with rare cancer Fibrolamellar Hepatocellular Carcinoma (FHCC) which only affects one in every five million people.
The former care home assistant was shocked to discover a tumour on her liver in May last year, just months after giving birth to her second child Holly.
Doctors at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle removed 80 per cent of her liver in July, but now Miss Lynch is reliant on fortnightly chemotherapy treatment to keep her going.
It has been the second devastating blow for the family, after Kayleigh lost her brother Paul in 2012 from the adult version of cot death, aged just 32.
Now a Go Fund Me page has been set up by friend Amy Allsop to raise £5,000 to send her, mum and carer Elaine Lynch, partner Stuart Douglas, and children Holly, one, and Keira, five, to Disneyland Paris.
I am terminal but yet to be given a prognosis. I just want to make as many happy memories as possible with the girls.Kayleigh Lynch
“I had a big operation to remove the tumour from my liver and after they removed it I went for a check-up scan and I was told the tumour had spread to my lungs and liver,” Miss Lynch said.
“They said there were no more operations, the only thing they can do is give me chemotherapy to try to shrink it to prolong my life.
“It is such a rare cancer there is big pioneering work taking place to see what is best for this type.”
“I am terminal but yet to be given a prognosis. I just want to make as many happy memories as possible with the girls.
“I am OK, I try to not get myself down, as I feel I won’t get myself back up. The kids keep me going and I have such a strong family, friends and partner.
“Holly knows that mummy had a big operation to make her tummy better, and she was all right when I was in hospital and things,” Miss Lynch said.
“Keira knows I go to hospital, but it is hard to explain to a five-year-old.”
So far the Go Fund Me page has received £3,140 in donations in just three days from more than 160 people, many of whom Miss Lynch doesn’t even know.
“It is overwhelming, the support and the fact people are willing to help,” she said. “It is just amazing, I am lost for words. I wasn’t expecting this at all.”
A fundraising evening for Kayleigh will be held at The Pullman Lodge in Seaburn on Friday, September 11.
Tickets are £8. To buy one or to donate raffle prizes, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; visit facebook.com/cashforkayleigh or contact Amy Allsop on 07595 350 549.
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