The phrase “we’re all in this together” has new meaning for Bourne charity worker Heidi Rock (35) after smashing a £10,000 fundraising target for cancer treatment.
Heidi, an activities co-ordinator with national deafblind charity Sense, was left “completely shell-shocked” after she was diagnosed with incurable breast cancer in January, just four years after she was given the all-clear from the same condition.
But a remarkable community effort to help Heidi, husband Jason, her two daughters and stepson raise enough money to pay for possible life-prolonging treatment in Spain has resulted in more than £10,500 being raised in less than three months.
Jason said: “We were completely shell-shocked after the diagnosis in January, especially after the doctors said that the pain Heidi was having in her bones was rheumatoid arthritis.
“Both Heidi and I knew it was something else but when the doctors said the cancer was untreatable, that’s when we started looking into other things.
“We refused to accept the diagnosis and it was only when we started reading different people’s stories, those who took the route of natural therapies and diet, that we decided to try to raise the money for Heidi to visit the Budwig (Cancer) Centre in Spain.”
It almost seemed too good to be true that something so simple, yet so natural, has allowed me to feel as strong as I did pre-cancerHeidi Rock (35), of Bourne
The amazing fundraising effort helped pave the way for Heidi’s treatment at the Budwig Centre last month when doctors used biomagnetic therapy, cleansing of the intestines, whole body hypothermia and natural oils to improve Heidi’s health.
She said: “It almost seemed too good to be true that something so simple, yet so natural, has allowed me to feel as strong as I did pre-cancer.
“But we wanted to take care of the fundraising ourselves until so many people asked us if they could help.
“We didn’t think there was any chance of us reaching our £10,000 target, but it goes to show what a wonderful town Bourne is in that so many people were prepared to help us out of the goodness of their hearts.
“We’d just like to thank them for their continued support.”