Gemma (centre) and friends

Bury-born Gemma Epstein was diagnosed with bowel cancer in late 2016. She has had every treatment available to her through the NHS but sadly none has been successful.

A new groundbreaking clinical trial only available in Germany could save her life, but the treatment costs over £80,000.

Looking for less expensive alternatives, Gemma, 36, is now sending tissue samples to Arizona, which could result in a more affordable treatment. But even sending the tissue costs over £2,800.

So her friends have pulled together in an effort to help her.

“We have set up a fundraising account on Facebook and have raised £3,178 up to now from the public who have been so generous,” says her friend Nicola McMahon, who describes Gemma as ‘our beautiful, lovely friend.’

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“Gemma has used some of the money raised to send the tissue samples to Arizona. This would not have been possible without the support and donations from everyone already.”

Her friends have showed their support in various other ways like doing a sky dive that raised £1,300.

The next fundraiser is a big charity event to top them all featuring a charity football match, live music, a bouncy castle, face painting, glitter tattoos, hair braiding, an ice cream van, fire engine, cake stall, pony rides and lots of food.

It’s taking place on Saturday, 21st July from 12.30 till 8pm at St Mary’s Football Club in Haslingden, where she has moved to be with her partner Ben.

You can donate to sing on stage in between the live bands. Tickets are £5 (kids get in free) and are available at Green Squirrel, Hair Parade, Ruby and Daisy, Heads Above and Posh Nailz, Rawtenstall.  Or you can pay on the gate.


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