FRIENDS have launched a fundraising drive to send a mum-of-two on a dream holiday with her family after she was diagnosed with terminal cancer.
Cheryl Sheard, aged 35, of Dyserth, was diagnosed with cervical cancer in March last year but after being given the all clear in June, she was rediagnosed with terminal cervical cancer, last month.
Friend, Laura Graham-Jones, set up a donation page to send Cheryl and her family on a holiday of a lifetime to Disneyland Paris, and for a wig, which will cost about £1000.
Since the fund was started last week, £1000 has already been raised.
Cheryl, mum to Anna-Louise, seven, and Vinnie, two, said: “I am determined to fight.
"So far doing everyday things like taking the kids to school and putting them to bed is keeping me going.
“Glan Clwyd Hospital has been amazing from day one, I can’t thank them enough. I don’t worry about myself but I worry about my family and the kids. I don’t want them to be exposed to it and I don’t need the sorry faces.
“I told my daughter I had butterflies in my tummy so I had to have medicine so they would go away and she knows I will be having medicine again now as the butterflies are back.”
Laura, who met Cheryl in Prestatyn High, and Nicola Murphy, who has been best friends with Cheryl for many years, have arranged a Yeehaw Family Fun Day, to help raise awareness of cancer, at the Cross Foxes, Prestatyn, on May, 3 from 12 noon.
There will be a bouncy castle, a bucking bronco, face painting, a raffle, a disco, a hog roast and much more, as well as optional fancy dress in cowboys’ and Indian theme.
Prizes up for grabs include a night stay in a hotel, hair and nail vouchers, cake vouchers and meals at the Nant Hall and the Ffrith pub, but they are looking for more prizes to be donated.
Nicola, who runs MS Carpets on Water Street, Rhyl, said: “Everything will be affordable and it’s something fun to do with kids on the Bank Holiday.
“Being a friend is about being there when you are needed and when you are not, we’ve always done everything together but we can’t do this together. We wanted to help as much as we could.”
Cheryl said: “The doctor has told me to go home and make lasting memories with my family, so hopefully I will be able to take my kids to Disneyland Paris and make as many memories as I can with them. There is no amount of money that will make me better.
“So many people shy away from cancer, as soon as they hear the word it’s big and scary, but I don’t want to do that. If we can raise awareness for even just one person that would be fantastic.”
There will be a bag packing in Tesco, Prestatyn, to raise funds, as well as a bike ride from Prestatyn to Betwys-y-Coed and finishing in the Cross Foxes on Saturday, May 3.
If you would like to donate visit: www.youcaring.com/mission-trip-fundraiser/cheryl-s-fight-fund/156151, or if you would like to donate prizes for the raffle, contact Nicola on 01745 355612 or visit MS Carpets.
You can also visit the Fun Day event Facebook page by typing ‘Yeehaw Family Fun day Fundraiser’ into Facebook.