Walking to help Leanne

CITIZEN readers are being asked to dig deep to raise money to send a terminally ill former March woman for alternative cancer treatments.

Leanne Gray (30), formerly of Norwood Road, was told she has between six months to a year to live. With eight months gone, Leanne is now pinning her hopes on the alternative treatments.

Leanne has myoepithelial carcinoma which was diagnosed sometime after she first noticed a small lump behind her left ear lobe in December 2005.

She was informed in June of last year that the cancer had returned and given up to a year to live. She has secondary salivary gland cancer which has spread to the base of her skull, the sinus, lymph gland and scalp.

Her aunt, Amanda Tribe, who is organising a fundraising sponsored walk, said there is no known treatment in the UK under the NHS and all previous treatment has failed. Some of the treatments the family are looking into are in Australia.

The sponsored walk is on Saturday April 2 from Whittlesey to Earith with some people walking from Cambridge to Earith.

The walk starts at 5am from Park Lane school and people are welcome to come along.

Donations can also be made through the just giving website: http://www.justgiving.com/Leanne-Gray

Amanda, who lives in Whittlesey, said: “The money we are raising is going to help Leanne take part in alternative treatments which are not offered on the NHS - hyperthermia treatment, IV vitamin C therapy and hopefully a clinical trial in Australia which uses radiowaves.

“The only downside to these treatments is they are private and cost between £5,000 and £14,500 per treatment (£23.000).

“All help is appreciated. There will be buckets for people to donate, all donations welcome.”

Leanne moved from March in the early 1980s when her parents went to live in Cambridge.