A family who launched an appeal to help raise funds for the overseas treatment of a mother-of-four who is battling cancer has received a staggering response after the appeal hit its target within two days.
The appeal to help raise £50,000 to support Middlesbrough woman Ferzana Khan was posted on the Facebook page British Asians UK and was shared thousands of times.
Incredibly the appeal hit its target in under two days with over 1500 generous supporters donating towards the appeal.
Ferzana Khan, 41, who lives in Acklam with her husband Aebrar and her four children aged 5, 12, 19 and 20, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013 but was recently told the disease has spread to her spine.
She had previously undergone gruelling bouts of chemotherapy and radiotherapy as she fights an aggressive form of breast cancer.
She also had a mastectomy and several rounds of hormone therapy before being told devastating news that the cancer had spread to her back.
Her husband, Aebrar, launched the appeal that would give Ferzana access to a wider range of clinical trials in Germany as there is limited eligibility in the UK.
He wrote: “It comes to a point in someone’s life when everything stands still. For me, it’s the day I found out my wife had cancer.
“But I believe that after every difficulty there’s hope and ease. With countless hours of research, the only treatment option available now is immunotherapy, to save not just her life, but our whole family’s.
“So I have made the decision to travel to Germany for private treatment but the cost is not something we can afford.
“This is one of the hardest things I have had to write. My heart is poured out and we need your help and support. We are relying on you to give anything you can, no matter how small.”
“If something happens to my wife before she is able to receive any treatment then all funds raised will be given to Cancer Research,” he said.
Aebrar and the rest of the Khan family have been overwhelmed by the support they have received from friends, neighbours and even strangers.
After the appeal reached its target, Aebrar said: ‘I can’t thank each and every single one of you enough and mere words cannot express what I am feeling right now. The love and support has been beyond anything I could have ever imagined.’
‘I am spending every moment possible exploring all the avenues available and currently in consultation with the clinic in Germany and the UK doctors as to what mode of transport is appropriate in my wife’s current weakened state.’
‘My heart reaches out to each and every single one of you as no options would be available to us if it wasn’t for you. Without you, hope would have been lost. I’m constantly in thought as to how blessed my family is to have such support.’
‘Please continue to keep us in your prayers and thank you for providing us that hope. We love you all.’