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Fundraising campaign launched to help send west Belfast mother for 'last hope' cancer treatment in Mexico

Sharon Rooney, from the Falls Road area of west Belfast, who is fighting secondary breast cancer, pictured with her two children, Grace (13) and Cadain, who is two
Marie Louise McConville

The family of a west Belfast mother who has been given just two years to live following a cancer diagnosis have launched a fundraising campaign to send her to Mexico for alternative treatment.

Sharon Rooney (37) was diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast cancer, one of the most aggressive forms of breast cancer, in February last year, and given a "poor prognosis".

The former barmaid, who lives in the Falls Road area with her two children, 13-year-old Grace and Cadain (2), underwent several rounds of chemotherapy and later made the decision to have a double mastectomy.

At the end of the summer last year, the mother-of-two was given the all clear.

However, following a routine scan in December, Sharon was diagnosed with secondary breast cancer after doctors found that the breast cancer cells from the first primary cancer had spread through the lymphatic or blood system to her liver and stomach and later, her spine.

The 37-year-old was told she had between just six months and two years to live and chemotherapy would be offered as a means of prolonging her life.

However, after following the stories of a number of other people with the same or similar diagnosis, Sharon found a medical centre in Mexico which offers a holistic cancer treatment programme.

Her family have set up a GoFundMe page in a bid to raise the £50,000 needed for the treatment and travel.

So far last night, the fund had raised just over £13,600.

Speaking to the Irish News, Lisa Rooney said the treatment in Mexico was her sister's last hope.

"It is heartbreaking," she said.

"It was a massive, massive shock. It is something you read about, that happens to other people. You never think it will happen to you.

"I just try and be as positive as I can for her. We want to be able to do everything we can to help save her life".

Lisa said her sister "just got on" with her treatment and "barely complained" and wants to do all she can to "live to see her kids grow up".

"She is a lovely girl. She just lives for her kids.

"She wants to be there to protect them as they grow up. She wants to see her daughter getting married and her grandkids".

And Lisa added: "Even if it's like £1, every little helps.

"I have been overwhelmed by how much it has taken off and how generous people have been and how much people want to help her".

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