HELP ME BEAT THIS CAN­CER

Mum needs Ger­many cure

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - Front Page - Ian Bunt­ing

An Air­drie mum who is suf­fer­ing from in in­op­er­a­ble cer­vi­cal can can­cer hopes the peo­ple of Mon­k­lands can help he her re­ceive po­ten­tially lif life-sav­ing treat­ment in Ge Ger­many.

Beata Ky­cia – who has lost both her par­ents to can­cer in th the past year – was di­ag­nosed w with the life- threat­en­ing di dis­ease just weeks ago.

The 42- year- old and her hus­band of 18 years, Zbig­niew, have a “se­verely dis­abled” daugh­ter Ni­cole, 12, who needs “24- hour care”.

Fol­low­ing the dev­as­tat­ing news of Beata’s di­ag­no­sis, Zbig­niew de­cided to launch a fundrais­ing cam­paign on the Go­FundMe web­site af­ter re­search re­vealed pro­ton ther­apy treat­ment be­ing of­fered at the Ri­necker Pro­ton Ther­apy Cen­ter in Mu­nich would give his wife “much more of a chance of be­ing cured”.

More than £ 4000 has al­ready been do­nated to help get Beata the treat­ment she des­per­ately needs.

The dev­as­tated mum told the Ad­ver­tiser: “I still can’t be­lieve I have can­cer. But I have a won­der­ful, lov­ing fam­ily who will be strong for me, so I have to be strong for them. I can’t imag­ine hav­ing to leave Zbig­niew and Ni­cole be­hind.”

An Air­drie mum with in­op­er­a­ble cer­vi­cal can­cer is hop­ing the Mon­k­lands com­mu­nity can help “save her life” by back­ing her fam­ily’s ef­fort to raise the £ 26,000 needed for pro­ton ther­apy treat­ment in Ger­many.

Beata Ky­cia was di­ag­nosed with the life- threat­en­ing dis­ease last month in a heartwrench­ing cul­mi­na­tion to a year tinged with per­sonal tragedy.

The 42-year-old lost her dad Wo­j­ciech, 62, to lung can­cer late last year, and her mum Ewa, 61, lost her bat­tle with breast can­cer in Jan­uary.

Beata and hus­band Zbig­niew also look af­ter their “se­verely dis­abled” daugh­ter Ni­cole, 12, who needs “24-hour care”.

Fol­low­ing the dev­as­tat­ing news of Beata’s di­ag­no­sis, Zbig­niew de­cided to launch an on­line fundrais­ing cam­paign af­ter re­search re­vealed pro­ton ther­apy treat­ment be­ing of­fered at the Ri­necker Pro­ton Ther­apy Cen­ter ( RPTC) in Mu­nich would give his wife “much more of a chance of be­ing cured”.

Beata told the Ad­ver­tiser: “It was very dif­fi­cult for me when I learned of Zbig­niew’s idea to try and raise the money for treat­ment.

“Although I know he ob­vi­ously wants to do ev­ery­thing to make sure I sur­vive, I also re­alise there are lots of peo­ple out there who need just as much, if not more, help as me; for ex­am­ple, dis­abled chil­dren like my daugh­ter.

“But go­ing for this treat­ment in Ger­many is re­ally im­por­tant be­cause it would give me much more of a chance of be­ing cured.

“It re­ally is a mat­ter of life or death and we would be so thank­ful for any help that peo­ple can give us.

“We are hop­ing to raise £26,000, which is the cost of the pro­ton ther­apy; we will also need to pay for a min­i­mum of six weeks’ ac­com­mo­da­tion in a Ger­man ho­tel.”

As the Ad­ver­tiser went to press, the fam­ily had raised al­most £4300 of their tar­get, with Zbig­niew “des­per­ate” to get his wife to Ger­many.

It is es­ti­mated that 4170 cer­vi­cal can­cer-re­lated deaths will oc­cur this year alone, with the dis­ease most com­monly di­ag­nosed in peo­ple be­tween the ages of 35 and 44.

Zbig­niew, who gave up work to look af­ter Beata and Ni­cole, said: “A few months ago my wife’s dreams came true when she started her ca­reer as a dog groomer at the Candy Rooms in Glas­gow; she loves her job and the dogs love her.

“Her di­ag­no­sis last month was ab­so­lutely hor­ren­dous and comes on the back of Beata los­ing both of her par­ents to can­cer over the past year.

“Beata and I have been to­gether for 24 years and I can­not imag­ine life without my beloved wife.

“There is a chance she can be cured with the pro­ton ther­apy in Mu­nich as it has cured many peo­ple al­ready.

“How­ever, it costs a for­tune so we re­ally hope there are peo­ple out there who can help us get there.”

Beata, who moved to Air­drie with Zbig­niew from Poland eight years ago, added: “When I was di­ag­nosed I was shocked and couldn’t be­lieve it; for many days I couldn’t stop cry­ing,

“I started to think about my fam­ily and how Zbig­niew would man­age to take care of our daugh­ter Ni­cole on his own; she needs 24-hour care and help with every daily task, such as eat­ing, dress­ing and wash­ing.

“I still can’t be­lieve I have can­cer. The sit­u­a­tion is very dif­fi­cult, and made worse by the fact both of my par­ents lost bat­tles with can­cer in re­cent times.

“But I have a won­der­ful, lov­ing fam­ily I know will be strong for me, so I have to be strong for them.

“I can’t imag­ine hav­ing to leave Zbig­niew and Ni­cole be­hind.”

To do­nate to the fam­ily’s fundrais­ing ef­fort, search for “Zbig­niew Kaa” on the Go­FundMe web­site, www. go­fundme.com/

It re­ally is a mat­ter of life or death Beata

De­voted Zbig­niew is des­per­ate to raise the funds re­quired to send his beloved Beata to Ger­many for treat­ment

Close-knit fam­ily Beata “can’t imag­ine” hav­ing to leave hus­band Zbig­niew and dis­abled daugh­ter Ni­cole be­hind

Brave young­ster The cou­ple’s dis­abled young daugh­ter Ni­cole re­quires 24-hour care

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