One determined daughter has taken the drastic step of selling all of her belongings in an attempt to fund life-saving surgery for her mum.
Lori Harris, 27, from County Durham, has said that she ‘has no choice’ but to do all she can to help her mother Lisa get the treatment which is currently not available in the UK.
Lisa was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2015 and was told her condition was terminal. But after desperately researching alternative treatments and discovering immunotherapy, which boosts the body’s natural defences to fight cancer, Lori says her mum has made incredible progress.
Lisa has been undergoing the treatment in tri-weekly sessions in Stuttgard, Germany, since February – at a cost of £25,000 per round – and now the family are having to ‘cut corners’ since it’s becoming too expensive to maintain.
‘My mam has had incredible results and we heard from the doctor last week that she is “almost in remission” and “if money was not an issue I could get her into remission sooner rather than later”,’ wrote Lori on the GoFundMe page set up in her mothers name.
‘To hear this broke my heart and to think that because she has reacted so well to the immunotherapy treatment, it is only money keeping us away from remission and a chance at a future together.’
As a result, Lori has begun to sell her own belongings to make up the cash and has implored people on social media to share her message in order to reach target.
‘I’m in £50,000 of debt myself, I have nothing left to sell but this is what I have to do, I will never ever give up. My mam means more than anything I could ever own,’ she said.
The list of belongings Lori – and Lisa – have sacrificed is extensive: ‘We have sold our house, both of our cars and spent all of her retirement fund on her first treatment back in February 2017,’ she says. ‘We now have nothing left to sell and are relying on the generosity of strangers to get her through this.’
Thankfully, plenty of strangers have donated to the worthy cause, but the family are still less than halfway to hitting their £200,000 target.
As well as the GoFundMe page, Lori has organised fundraising events like a bootcamp and a comedy night.