Cancer drug appeal nears £5k as pals pledge their support
THE people of Port Talbot have come together to raise money for a skin cancer sufferer who needs £80,000 for her treatment.
Friends and residents are helping Gina Herman to raise the cash to have the life-prolonging drug Yervoy (ipilimumab), which treats melanoma but is not available on the NHS.
Her friend Tracey Lewis, of Brynhyfryd Road, Margam, said the current total stood at £4,790.
"We are overwhelmed with the support," she said. "I think Gina is too. I think if we keep plugging away at it we will do it."
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A big fundraiser has been planned for Saturday, September 8 where Gina's friend, Marie Partridge, will be shaving off her hair. The two-hour event will kick off at the Aberafan Shopping Centre at noon.
"Marie wanted to do something and she said she would shave off all her hair," said Tracey, who has known Gina for around eight years. "She is stressing out a little about it but when she sees all the money coming in she is looking forward to it more."
The event will also include a Zumba session, jugglers and unicyclists, and brave footballers from the Tata Steel team will be getting their legs waxed.
"We are hoping to raise £3,000 on the day," said Tracey. "What we trying to find is a DJ for the event. So if there is a DJ with a business who has two hours spare please get in touch."
A sky dive, sponsored fancy dress bike ride and charity walk has also been organised for this month. Mrs Herman, 44, of Tan-y-Groes Street, has been told by specialists that the drug is her only hope of prolonging her life by a number of years.
An Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board spokeswoman said patients who have been turned down for treatment, with the support of their doctor, have a right to request a review.
To help with the fundraising contact Tracey on 07772 549955.