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HELPING RUE: Watford woman with rare form of cancer fundraising for lifesaving treatment

 Published on: 2nd September 2021   |   By: Lizzie Ellis   |   Category: Uncategorized

A 50-year-old woman from Watford who has a rare and aggressive cancer is raising money for life-saving treatment not available on the NHS.

Rue Grewal, of Carpenders Park, was first diagnosed with clear cell ovarian cancer in January 2017.

She underwent major surgery and has since gone through gruelling treatments. Devastatingly, her cancer recently returned and treatments are not working.

Her only hope is to undergo immunotherapy, which costs around £98,000 per year – something she cannot fund herself.

Rue has exhausted every avenue and wants the best chance of having a future through Immunotherapy, which is revolutionary and brings new hope for saving cancer patients’ lives. It stimulates the body’s immune system to fight cancer cells, so works with the body, not against it.

On her fundraising page, Rue said: “I’m usually a private person but in getting ovarian cancer, I have shared my journey and given back – by raising awareness, fundraising for ovarian charities, running support groups, speaking to medical students about early diagnosis, organising Zooms and day trips all to help other sufferers.

“There is so much more I want to do to raise awareness for this hideous cancer.

“My current predicament has made me step out of my comfort zone, in a big way, into a world of learning to receive help, and however strong and resilient people say I am, battling on my own for five years has taken its toll and has led me now to ask for help from friends and strangers alike.

“I never imagined when I was first diagnosed that I would be having to crowdfund to stay alive, but I still have the fight in me. I have plans, hopes, and dreams. Please help me realise them.”

To donate visit: http://gofund.me/dd175a2f or search ‘Help Rue Access Life Saving Meds’ on the GoFundMe website.

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