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GoFundMe page set up for Stamford mum, 32, diagnosed with cancer

A fundraising page has been launched to help a young mum tick off the wishes on her bucket list after she was diagnosed with cancer.

Zoe Clarke, from Stamford, was diagnosed with colon cancer in May last year and quickly started on a course of radiotherapy and chemotherapy.

However, the treatment Zoe was given caused her white blood cell levels to drop extremely low, and it was decided that her body needed a break from the treatment until she was strong enough to continue.

Zoe Clarke with her husband Chris and son Mason
Zoe Clarke with her husband Chris and son Mason

During the break, the cancer spread and she was diagnosed with secondary liver cancer, with her care team going ‘from talking about cures to discussing different treatment options to try and prolong her life for as long as possible’.

Zoe, 32, has continued to remain positive throughout. She said: “Until the consultant says ‘you have got so much time left to live’ we try to hold on to that glimmer of hope that there will be a new treatment available or something we can do.”

Now, Zoe is trying to tick as many things off her wish list as possible, which she believes could be achievable thanks to a GoFundMe page set up by her family.

Zoe Clarke
Zoe Clarke

She said: “Me and my partner were building a horse box and turned it into a camper.

“We sold all our furnishings from our house to move into it to go travelling, we sold everything, then lockdown hit and I got diagnosed with cancer. We are currently living in our camper.

“It needs an MOT and service so we can see the places we want to see.”

High up on Zoe’s bucket list is travelling with her husband, Chris, and nine-year-old son, Mason, to Scotland in their van to see the Northern Lights as well as being able to swim with sharks.

Zoe Clarke with her husband Chris and son Mason
Zoe Clarke with her husband Chris and son Mason

Zoe, who works at Caffe Cream in Bourne, said: “There’s also things I want to do with my little boy. He’s never been to a concert and is music mad so I would love to take him to his first concert.

“I’m hoping I’ve still got a few years left to go before things get really bad.”

She added: “I want to show my little man there’s more to the world than the town he lives and try to tick off firsts for him.

Zoe Clarke with her husband Chris
Zoe Clarke with her husband Chris

“I’m not going to be there when he gets married or has children or the big things in his life.”

So far, more than £1,150 has been raised through the GoFundMe page, which was set up about two weeks ago.

“I’m amazed so many people have supported us already. It’s a massive help and there’s things we can now do,” said Zoe.

To make a donation, visit: www.gofundme.com/f/help-zoe-achieve-her-wish-list.

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