A Dundee woman told of how she cried tears of joy watching on from her hospital bed as the city came together to raise more than £60,000 for lifesaving cancer treatment.
Tracey Burke, from Ardler, was diagnosed with cervical cancer aged just 27 three years ago and, with treatment options exhausted, her “last hope” is to go to Germany to try a pioneering immunotherapy – costing £90,000.
After word spread about Tracey’s plight, a fundraising page was set up – with hundreds of people offering to hold events and donate items and money in a bid to get the 30-year-old to Germany.
Within days, more than £60,000 has been pledged to the cause. Despite the massive fundraising drive taking place across the city, Tracey has been unaware of most efforts, having been in hospital for three weeks for bowel surgery.
She said: “I just want to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart. They are attempting to save my life at the end of the day – that means everything and more.
“I have been in the hospital for three weeks. I was able to get home on Friday and it was the first time I’d been out in the fresh air. It is amazing to be out and then seeing all the support from strangers. I have been in tears for the last week.
“It is just completely overwhelming to see how kind-hearted everyone can be. I just can’t believe we are so near to reaching the target. I never thought we would be so close to the target so soon. I thought it would be years away, considering that I have been in hospital the whole time.”
Tracey also thanked husband Greg who has been working tirelessly to co-ordinate fundraising efforts.
She was set to return to hospital on Monday after spending the weekend at home, but she has pledged to try and attend every event she can to thank those taking part.
The Tele previously told of Gav McGrath, Barry Patterson, Grant Alexander, Stew MacMillan and Jim McGrath who cycled the length of the UK, raising over £2,500.
On Saturday, Greg’s friend and lifelong Arsenal supporter, Joe Hepburn, 40, raised £1,000 after he had a Tottenham badge tattooed.
It came after his good friend Ryan Wiseman, of Pitkerro Plumbing, bet him he wouldn’t do it.
Joe said: “I My mate Ryan Wiseman said he would give me £500 to donate to the fund if I got a Tottenham tattoo because he knows how much I love Arsenal.
“I said to him that I would do it if he gave me £1,000 – it ended up being a fundraiser and we have managed to get the £1,000. I have been good friends with Burkey for about 15 years. Him and Tracey are both big Tottenham fans so it was even better.”
Tracey attended Baxter Park on Friday, with folk paying £10 each to take part in a sponsored walk with their dogs.
Once the target is reached, she will begin plans to travel to Germany for the immunotherapy treatment, when she is strong enough.
People who want to donate to the fund can visit gofundme.com/5j5jdbc.