Boost for mum in can­cer fight

Al­most $150,000 raised over week-end for vi­tal treat­ment

The Sligo Champion - - FRONT PAGE - By PAUL DEER­ING

A mother of three has re­ceived the best pos­si­ble news in her coura­geous bat­tle with can­cer - al­most $150,000 has been raised over the week-end which will al­low her un­dergo vi­tal treat­ment.

Michelle Beck (39) nee Walsh, from Car­raroe, Sligo was di­ag­nosed with ag­gres­sive ad­vanced triple neg­a­tive breast can­cer shortly af­ter her third child Thea, now 23 months, was born.

She has un­der­gone chemo ther­apy but this is said to be tak­ing its toll and no longer the best op­tion to pro­long her life.

Last Fri­day morn­ing Michelle de­cided to set up a Go Fund page ‘Fight for Our Mummy’ with a tar­get of $120,000 to fund ex­pen­sive im­munother­apy treat­ment over 12 months which costs $6,000 every three weeks, and has been left amazed by the gen­eros­ity of peo­ple. Michelle met her fu­ture hus­band, Dar­ren Beck from Syd­ney whilst work­ing in Dublin af­ter grad­u­at­ing from col­lege and they moved to Syd­ney seven years ago where they mar­ried and had three chil­dren, two boys Cal­lum (6) and Ry­lan (4) and Thea.

A 39-year-old mother of three can un­dergo ex­pen­sive but vi­tal can­cer treat­ment thanks to the gen­eros­ity of the public.

Michelle Beck, nee Walsh, who is liv­ing in Aus­tralia with her hus­band and three chil­dren is orig­i­nally from Car­raroe, Sligo and last Fri­day morn­ing set up a Go Fund Me Page to pay the cost of im­munother­apy treat­ment aimed at pro­long­ing her life.

Her sis­ter, Claire Lynch told The Sligo Cham­pion that the fam­ily were over­whelmed with the re­sponse.

“Michelle is de­lighted. It’s such a morale booster for her,” said Claire.

Her sis­ter was last home in De­cem­ber 2013 but is due to make an­other visit soon as she comes to the end of her cur­rent chemo­ther­apy treat­ment.

Michelle, a re­search sci­en­tist, met her fu­ture hus­band, Dar­ren Beck from Syd­ney whilst work­ing in Dublin af­ter grad­u­at­ing from col­lege.

They made the de­ci­sion to move to Syd­ney seven years ago where they mar­ried and had three chil­dren, two boys Cal­lum (6) and Ry­lan (4) and Thea now 23 months. Whilst preg­nant with Thea Michelle no­ticed a lump in her breast. De­spite get­ting checked out, preg­nancy masked the symp­toms and the real truth of what lurked be­neath was not made known un­til the day of Thea’s birth when Michelle was di­ag­nosed with ag­gres­sive ad­vanced triple nega-tive breast can­cer.

She has had two mas- tec­to­mys each one year apart to re­move both breast tis­sue and nodes, as well as sev­eral other pro­ce­dures and has un­der­taken three rounds of chemo­ther­apy as well as ra­dio­ther­apy.

Claire says how­ever that her sis­ter’s chemo­ther­apy treat­ment is now tak­ing its toll and is no longer the best op­tion to pro­long her life.

“Michelle con­tin­ues with chemo­ther­apy to­day but her body has taken just about enough,” says Claire.

Im­munother­apy treat­ment is seen as the best op­tion but costs $6,000 every three weeks and she will need at least a year of treat­ment.

The Go Fund Me Page had a tar­get of $12,000 but this was sur­passed quickly and now stands at over $148,000.

The do­na­tions have mainly come from Aus­tralia, the United States and Ire­land. Claire added: “Michelle is an in­spi­ra­tion to all that meet her.

“She has been through all this while lov­ing and nur­tur­ing a new born baby and her two young boys.

“Ev­ery­one that knows Michelle would agree she is the hap­pi­est most pos­i­tive per­son you could meet.”

MIchelle Beck pic­tured with her daugh­ter Thea, who is now 23 months.

Michele Beck pic­tured in Syd­ney with her three chil­dren. Be­low, with hus­band Dar­ren and chil­dren.

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