Pictured above: Alison Brackley with her family
The family of a Rugby cancer patient have appealed for help to raise the funds needed for urgent private treatment.
Diagnosed with inoperable stage IV pancreatic cancer, 54-year-old Alison Brackley has undergone five rounds of chemotherapy as an outpatient.
The fifth round, which was undertaken at at Coventry Hospital & The Cross, has been especially hard for Allie, but she is trying her best to fight.
The family have learned about a private treatment option called irreversible electroporation, or NanoKnife, which is unavailable on the NHS but has the potential to kill tumours.
Sadly, despite working hard all her life, Alison does not have health insurance or the funding required for treatment.
Her sister, Annette Clubley, said: "Allie has always been there for me and everyone else too. She is our rock and the kind of person who goes out of her way for others. Everyone loves her.
"You can imagine our horror after learning that she had pancreatic cancer, then that it was stage IV and inoperable.
NanoKnife is an advanced treatment for pancreatic cancer which improves life expectancy when used in combination with chemotherapy.
Annette said the pandemic has made the situation harder to deal with, as Allie is vulnerable to infection from the chemotherapy.
The family are unable to travel, visit, and hug her in what may prove to be the last months of her life.
Family members in Ledbury, Herefordshire, Sheffield, Yorkshire, Rugby, Warwickshire, and Leicester, in Leicestershire, are fundraising.
38-year-old Annalies, Allie's daughter in Sheffield, will be running 26.2 miles, the distance of a marathon, in four days around Chapeltown, on April 30.
Although Annalies does run regularly, it is usually shorter distances of three-five miles at a time, scheduling her exercise routine around work and childcare.
Annalies has never committed to an event before, so this will be her first time testing her endurance and stamina.
For those who live in the local area, Annalies would love a shout or a wave to show support, and any support in the form of donations will be gratefully received by the family.
Annette said: "Lisa is doing the run, Mark is organising a raffle date, and my daughter, Tara, is currently raffling a chocolate hamper in the Ledbury area.
"I did a giveaway online, and now I am prepping a cookbook of Allie's favourite recipes."
If the funding is not raised in time, or the surgeon decides not to operate for any reason, the money will go to alternative treatments - such as radiotherapy or abraxane chemotherapy.
Any excess funds will be donated to pancreatic cancer research.
Annette said: "Now, there is no way she'd ask for your money, so I'm here to do that for her. Let's give her a chance at a few more years with her grandchild, children, and husband."
Allie lives with her husband, Lee, and their son, Danial.
If you would like to make a donation, please visit the 'Help Allie Live Longer' GoFundMe page here.
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