Funding appeal to save Leeds mum, 35

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A battle has begun to save a mum who has been diagnosed with cancer and is fundraising for treatment at the same German clinic as former Emmerdale star Leah Bracknell.

Critical care nurse Rachel Carrack, originally from Guiseley, founded charity Love Hope Trust which helped six others pay for treatment abroad after beating the disease herself two years ago.

Now, having been told her cancer has returned, it is the 35-year-old’s family who have launched a GoFundMe crowd-funding campaign to save her.

“Two years ago she was diagnosed and told she didn’t stand a chance, but she fought it,” said her sister Louise Bennett who set up the page. “Now the cancer has come back. She’s very poorly at the moment but she’s not one to stay in bed all day, she’s making sure she’s taking the kids to school and carrying on with all the little things.

“She’s very confident and hopeful - she’s so strong.”

Rachel, brought up in Guiseley but now living in Baildon with husband Matthew and children Freya, four, and Will two, was diagnosed with a cancerous tumour in the pancreas and bile ducts two years ago. She was told it was inoperable but, with the help of her parents, travelled to Germany for treatment which shrunk the tumour within a year.

Now, after the cancer spread to her lymph nodes, a GoFundMe campaign has been set up to raise £60,000 to send her for new immunotherapy treatment at the Hallwang clinic in Germany. For more visit www.gofundme.com/CarrackCancerBattle.

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