Funding drive helps Thai treatment for cancer-hit Leeds teacher

Kim Corbett

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A fundraising campaign is underway to treat a Leeds-born teacher battling breast cancer in Thailand.

Kim Corbett, 33, has been diagnosed with the disease for a second time since moving to the country in 2011.

Her insurers won’t fund any more treatment so she needs thousands of pounds to cover her ongoing care.

Kim told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “I’m not sure how much exactly is needed, but at the very least, around £10,000 for chemo and hospital costs.

“I have just finished radiotherapy to my spine, so I’m a bit wobbly on my feet and in some pain. I can’t walk too far. I’m out of hospital though, and the fundraising is going well, so of course there is a worry, but I’m just trying to focus on my health being up to chemo once again.”

Kim, from Roundhay, moved to the island of Koh Samui in 2011. The secondary school headteacher was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012 and successfully treated.

Earlier this year she started suffering back pain and after being flown to Bangkok, was last month was told the cancer had recurred.

However the insurance firm which covers Kim through her employer won’t pay any more than the $20,000 it has funded, because of her previous illness.

She wants to stay in Thailand to be supported by fiance Chaiya Ouaichai, friends and to work if possible, but funding is needed for continuing treatment.

She added: “These drugs are new and so expensive, so every single penny is invaluable towards helping.”

To assist, like Help Kim Kick Cancer on Facebook or visit https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/atVf5.

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