HOPE FOR JEMMA FUNDRAISING
This time last year I came across an Instagram account @jemhow. I read her story and my heart absolutely broke for her 💔
In 2016, whilst pregnant with her first baby Sadie, she was diagnosed with stage 1 ovarian cancer. She had it removed when she was 17 weeks pregnant, given the all clear and was told it was a very rare cancer, low grade and not known to spread or become aggressive
A few years later they were blessed with their second little baby, Louis. She quickly fell pregnant a third time after Louis was born, but at 35 weeks pregnant, she found a lump. She was fast tracked for an MRI and a planned section was scheduled to deliver little Betty. They removed the lump at the same time and sent it away for biopsy. The next day she was sent for a full body CT scan, which showed a tumour in her left lung and three on her pelvic bones. Just over 2 weeks later, she was diagnosed with advanced stage 4 incurable ovarian cancer
Since then, she has undergone 3 very intense rounds of chemotherapy, all while powering on and doing the school runs for her eldest and looking after her other two babies. Unfortunately her review CT scan in May showed new tumours in the pelvic area and pubic bone and she was given one year to live. One. Year.
She simply couldn't accept that. How could she with three wee babies?!
She posted on her page, asking for donations to run a raffle to raise money to help cover the £500/week (minimum) it would cost for her to attend a medical trial she was accepted on to. I donated a gift voucher for Tiny Tortle but this didn't feel like enough. So I got my thinking cap on and designed an exclusive jumper to sell, with 100% of the profits going directly to Jemma and her family
Fast forward to today, Jemma is now 6 months past her initial prognosis date and while things are far from smooth sailing, she's reasonably stable thanks to the Hope4Mexico protocol and all other alternative treatments she has been trying. However, the medication (that is literally keeping her alive) is sooooooo expensive. These drugs that she has to pay for from Hope4Mexico are literally the same drugs the NHS give, except they won't give them to Jemma as she's stage 4.
So, I couldn't let the one year anniversay of 'The Hope Jumper' pass by without doing something more for Jemma. I decided to come up with a whole new design and put it on one of our new adult onesies, with 100% of the profits going to Jemma again. I would absolutely LOVE to being able to get the final total amount past £10000
So here I am once again, asking for a favour. Please please please consider buying one and know you're helping a Mama spend more time with her three little kiddies ❤️