Dundee woman Tracey arrives in Germany for life-saving treatment after ‘incredible’ £100k fundraising drive

Dundee woman Tracey Burke has arrived in Germany as she prepares for the treatment she hopes will save her life.

Tracey Burke
Tracey with husband Greg Burke

She travelled to the continent after an “incredible” fundraising drive which saw Dundonians raise more than £100,000 in six weeks to fund the trip to a clinic near Stuttgart for cancer treatment.

Tracey, from Ardler, was given the devastating diagnosis in 2015.

She and husband Greg were busy planning their wedding and looking forward to a lifetime together when she was diagnosed with cervical cancer aged just 27.

She was given chemotherapy, radiotherapy and brachytherapy – a form of radiotherapy where a sealed radiation source is placed inside or next to the area requiring treatment – but that didn’t cure her and the cancer spread.

Greg set up a fundraising drive on May 13 to raise cash to send Tracey for immunotherapy, after she was told all other treatment options available from the NHS had been explored.

He said: “We had hoped to be over earlier but we had a setback with Tracey having to spend time in Ninewells. In some ways it felt like it was taking forever for us to get there. But she is a bit better now so we are really excited and hopeful.

“She is still in a bit of pain but hopefully that is OK while we are in Germany. She was back and forward from Ninewells a few times but she’s feeling back to herself now.

“It’s strange because all the fundraising was ongoing and that was quite surreal but in some ways it didn’t seem real that we would actually be going.”

Tracey said: “I just want to thank everyone who has helped make this possible. It’s just been incredible how everyone rallied together to raise this amount of money so quickly.”

The therapy at the clinic in the Black Forest offers immunotherapy, a new treatment that is said to have cured some cancer patients. The treatment uses the body’s own immune system to fight cancer by helping it to recognise and attack dangerous cells.

Greg added: “I think the people of Dundee should be really proud of themselves.

“It’s a testament to them and their generosity.”