Today we bring you Gemma’s incredible story against cancer.
The brave 35-year old mum from Derbyshire who we got to know by chance, has raised over £17,000 for charities while battling cancer. Gemma recently saw a Busy Bee ad -motivating parents to protect their families’ future with life insurance and critical illness cover-.
Inspired by her own experience, Gemma left a message encouraging users to take notice as she had to learn the hard way.
Moved by her story, we decided to help in raising awareness of cancer by promoting her fundraising, dedicating our first Busy Bee article to her and donating to her cause.
In February 2017, Gemma was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer.
To combat the cancer, Gemma underwent six cycles of chemo, surgery and radio. However, she was still feeling tired and achy... Further tests revealed that Gemma had Stage 4 secondary incurable breast cancer that spread to her spine. Unfortunately, the cancer had spread to an inoperable location of her spine, making it incurable but contained.
Gemma is now living with cancer and intends to do so for a very long time.
Gemma is a very positive and strong-headed mum determined to fight for her husband and her two little girls, Ruby (8) and Scarlett (6).
Remarkably, Gemma’s way of dealing with the illness has motivated her to raise awareness by fundraising and supporting others with cancer. Since being diagnosed, Gemma’s raised £17,000 for charity, granting her the Fundraiser of the Year in The Buxton pride awards.
Despite this, Gemma’s had to give up her career as a Discharge Coordinator due to her constant tiredness and joint pains. Thankfully, Gemma used to work in the public sector (for the NHS), which has granted her the benefit of sick pay and the opportunity to apply for early retirement.
Shockingly, over 2.5 million employees are unaware that almost half (43%) of UK companies reduce wages to statutory sick pay after a person has been off sick for two weeks.
Statutory pay is remarkably lower than the national average salary. Consequently, most employees would face a significant salary shortfall if they were unable to work.
Gemma is now awaiting for a £24,000 targeted radiotherapy in London, which is not available through the NHS.
Stand By Gemma is a fundraising page created to help this inspiring young mum to undergo the potentially life-saving treatment.
Touched by Gemma’s story, the Busy Bee Team and many others have already contributed towards her treatment, raising £10,589 to date.
We hope she reaches her target and we ask you to Stand By Gemma by following the link and donating. A small donation can go a long way:
Good luck Gemma
If you have been affected by a life-changing event/condition and you wish to share your story, please feel free to contact us at [email protected] or through the Busy Bee Life Insurance Facebook page.
Last update - June/2020