Fund­ing fight for Amanda

Big ef­fort by com­mu­nity

East Kilbride News - - NEWS - Mark Pirie

Fam­ily and friends of a Strathaven woman are ral­ly­ing to raise £25,000 for ex­per­i­men­tal treat­ment as she bat­tles ter­mi­nal can­cer.

Amanda Cringan has had breast can­cer since 2016 – but has been told it has now spread to her liver and bones.

The 31-year-old mu­mof-two now hopes to un­dergo ex­per­i­men­tal treat­ment known as SonoPhoto Dy­namic Ther­apy.

Sis­ters Siob­han Red­mond and Ash­ley Wil­son, as well as longterm fam­ily friend Clare Miller, hope to raise enough cash for treat­ment in Eng­land and give her more time with her daugh­ters, Eva, 6, and one-year-old Emma.

Shortly af­ter giv­ing birth to Emma, the Strathaven Academy em­ployee found a lump on her left breast with the di­ag­no­sis com­ing two months later.

Amanda’s can­cer was grow­ing at an alarm­ing rate and, in May 2017, she had to un­dergo a bi­lat­eral mas­tec­tomy to stop it spread­ing.

In Septem­ber 2017, she was dis­charged and told that the can­cer was gone but then be­gan to suf­fer chest pains.

Amanda re­ceived the dev­as­tat­ing news that she had sec­ondary breast can­cer and that it had spread through­out her body.

How­ever, in a beau­ti­ful mo­ment dur­ing this tough time, she mar­ried hus­band Craig as fam­ily and friends ral­lied around the cou­ple.

Sup­port­ers have or­gan­ised spon­sored climbs of Tinto Hill and Ben Ne­vis and are set to have a char­ity din­ner in the com­ing weeks as well as bake sales at Strathaven Academy.

Clare told the News: “We need £25,000 to give Amanda a chance of see­ing her kids grow up.

“That’s just what it comes down to. The doc­tor is say­ing it’s im­per­a­tive that she gets it now. The treat­ment will hit her hard – so the health­ier she is the bet­ter it will be for her.”

Siob­han added that they wanted to keep her sis­ter’s spir­its high and said: “It’s given Amanda a bit of hope.

“Every time she has had a bit of good news she has been knocked down like a ton of bricks. We’re des­per­ate to get her that bit of pos­i­tive news.”

Ash­ley added: “This is all we can do to give her the long­est and best life she can have.

“We feel help­less that we can’t get her the money. If we had it we would give her it in a heart­beat.”

To do­nate, visit just­giv­ing.com/ crowd­fund­ing/ ash­ley­wil­son

It’s given Amanda a bit of hope...

Fundraiser Amanda Cringan and hus­band Craig

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