Cancer appeal for nurse goes viral

A KINGSWOOD nurse has begun vital cancer treatment in Germany after her family’s fund-raising appeal brought in nearly £90,000 in a week.

Mildred – Millie – Olika was diagnosed in March with stage 4 brain cancer that had spread from her lungs. Doctors said chemotherapy would do little to help.

Her three daughters, Stacey, Lydia and Emily, discovered that advanced cell therapy offered in Germany could potentially improve her prognosis by years so they launched an online appeal.

“Our mum has dedicated her life to caring for others as a nurse. Now she finds herself in need of care and treatment. It’s our turn to rally around her in her time of need,” they said.

To their amazement, money poured in and they surpassed their original £70,000 target in four days, reaching £89,320 by the time they paused the appeal on April 21. The additional funds will pay for an additional treatment to destroy cancer cells in Millie’s brain.

“We are overwhelmed with gratitude for your ongoing support and generosity. Your kind words, moral support, prayers and donations have truly been a source of hope and comfort for us during this challenging time,” the family wrote on the GoFundMe page.

They said they would never have anticipated the overwhelming outpouring of love and support their family would receive “Our mum wanted us to convey her immense gratitude to each and every one of you. She is deeply touched by the outpouring of kindness and sends her blessings to all of you.”