Scores of tributes have been paid to Port Talbot mum Gina Herman
HEARTFELT tributes have been paid to a courageous mum whose appeal brought together the town of Port Talbot.
Hundreds of people helped to raise thousands of pounds for Gina Herman to receive a life-prolonging drug.
The mum of four from Tan-y- Groes was suffering from a dangerous form of skin cancer, and had been told by specialists that the drug Yervoy (ipilimumab) was the only hope of prolonging her life.
It is now available on the NHS, but last year Mrs Herman was turned down by Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board for the drug on cost grounds.
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Thanks to numerous successful fundraisers and people's generosity people, Mrs Herman began treatment in October. But sadly her battle with cancer ended on Saturday.
Fundraiser Captain Beany, who helped to raise cash for Gina by selling calendars and attended several fundraisers, said he was "devastated" at the news.
He said: "I think Port Talbot collectively should be very proud of themselves for raising money for Gina. My heart goes out to her husband Colin and the rest of Gina's family."
Scores of tributes have been posted on Facebook and Twitter.
On Facebook, Kay Braithwaite, said: "Thoughts and prayers for family of Gina Herman. RIP."
Joan Halliday said: "RIP Gina Vella Herman, sadly missed but never forgotten."
Twitter has also been bombarded with messages.
Aberavon Green Stars ?@Starsrfc said: "Aberavon Green Stars send their condolences to the Herman family after the sad death of Gina. The appeal brought a town together #community."
Richard Taylor ?@richardt8993 said: "Sad news about Gina Herman. The whole town united over the cause. A sad loss — thoughts are with the family. Rest In Peace."
Fundraising events have included football games, a charity bike ride, a Motown evening, a sponsored hair shave, and a charity evening at Blanco's where Hollywood star Michael Sheen donated items for an auction. The Baglan actor also gave a personal donation to Gina.
Close friend Tracey Lewis said Gina's family wanted to send their "deepest gratitude to everyone involved with the appeal".