A BRAVE mum who is battling breast cancer for the second time has inspired a fundraising drive to pay for treatment at a clinic in the United States of America.
Bev Dransfield, 42, from Gomersal, was first diagnosed with stage-three breast cancer seven years ago and after a gruelling course of chemotherapy, she underwent a mastectomy and later reconstructive surgery before being given the all clear.
Over the next few years, Bev and her friends raised thousands of pounds for breast cancer charities by holding ‘pink parties’ at Gomersal Cricket Club.
Heartbreakingly, Bev found out in November that the cancer had returned and spread to her lungs, liver and lymphatic system. On Boxing Day Bev and her husband Lee bid goodbye to their sons George, 12, and Charlie, 10, and set off for a clinic in Phoenix, Arizona, for an alternative course of treatment involving low levels of chemotherapy, a special diet and homeopathic remedies.
Bev’s sister Michelle Haley said: “When we heard that the cancer had returned, it was a big shock. But we are all in this together now, we’re pulling together to support each other.
“The boys seem to be doing fine and we’re just keeping them in their usual daily routine.”
Bev’s treatment costs up to £60,000 and the couple’s friends - including many of the Pink Ladies who helped organise the charity events
have sprung into action by holding a fundraiser on February 4 at Gomersal Cricket Club.
It is hoped Bev’s children will be able to fly to Phoenix to see her during her treatment.
Sarah Stokes, who is one of the fundraisers, said: “We’re all a similar age with families and we can’t imagine how we’d feel if it happened to us, so we just want to be there for her.
“We’re planning on having a fun night at the cricket club, where Bev’s friends and family can get together and have a dance. We’ve got a disco and a pie and pea supper planned.”
Bev’s workmates at the Co-op, in Oxford Road, will be going around Gomersal pubs with a collection bucket tonight. Bev is keeping in regular contact with her family and friends back home through Facebook and Sarah says she is staying very positive.
Sarah added: “She’s keeping in good spirits and she’s very positive. She’s getting a lot out of the treatment and hears a lot of positive stories. That means we are all staying positive for her.”
The fundraising group is hoping to get local businesses involved to donate prizes for an auction on the night. Members have already received items such as a signed England cricket top and a signed Leeds United shirt.
The event is on Friday February 4 from 7.30pm, tickets cost £10.
Contact Sarah on 07854 153631 for more information.