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Support floods in for Upminster mum-of-two Lauren, 30, who is fundraising to fight cancer

15:36 12 June 2013

Ellie and Joshua Dixon (back centre) with classmates at St Joseph

Ellie and Joshua Dixon (back centre) with classmates at St Joseph's Primary School, Upminster. The school has raised more than £1,000 for Lauren's treatment

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Since Lauren Dixon’s heartbreaking story appeared in the Romford Recorder last week, support for the young mum fighting cancer has poured in.

Lauren, 30, has been refused a “miracle drug” on the NHS that has already helped her live longer than doctors expected.

She was receiving Avastin under a private healthcare plan – but that won’t cover the drug for more than a year so she’s hoping to pay for it herself.

It costs £5,000 a month, and she needs at least five months’ worth to begin treatment.

As of yesterday, kind-hearted readers had helped hike Lauren’s fundraising total up to £11,000 – that’s an extra £5,000 in just a few days.

And the story has been picked up by national papers and local radio.

Meanwhile, a week of cake sales at St Joseph’s in Upminster, where Lauren’s children Ellie and Joshua go to school, has netted a tasty £1,238.

Ellie’s teacher Sarah James-Gray said: “Ellie is a fantastic little girl and her story has touched me.

“Mrs Dixon is just a year older than I am and is facing the most unimaginably terrifying situation with such courage. Then a pupil in Year 5 approached me and said she felt she had to do something.

“We got together and decided our first fundraiser would be a week of cake sales with a non-uniform day in the middle.

“We would like to thank families for their overwhelming support and generosity. It’s been a real team effort and all the staff and children have chipped in to help.”

Recorder reader Alex Napier and his girlfriend Rachel Goldstone are among those who e-mailed the news desk offering donations.

“Rachel and I are expecting our first baby in September,” explained Alex. “Reading Lauren’s story made me think: ‘What if that were us?’

“I’d hate to think there could be some children left without their mother and that I could have done something to help prevent that.”

Ardleigh House Community Association, based in Hornchurch, is holding an auction and party next month with all proceeds going to the Lauren’s Marvellous Medicine fund.

“We are desperate for local businesses to come forward to donate to our auction or raffle,” said Charlotte Murphy.

It takes place on Saturday, July 13, in the large hall of the association in Ardleigh Green Road.

Prizes include the “hire” of a man for the day and beauty treatments.

For tickets and information, call 01708 440 660. The event runs from 7pm until midnight.

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