Battle to save Leeds mum’s life

Kelly Durkin, who is battling cancer, with sons Ryan, 14 and Connor, 11.
Kelly Durkin, who is battling cancer, with sons Ryan, 14 and Connor, 11.
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A RACE against time is on to save the life of a Leeds mum.

A family has launched a desperate appeal to save the life of a much loved mum Kelly Durkin, 37, who was diagnosed with cancer of the cervix and pelvis last year, and has undergone gruelling treatment, but doctors have said there are no more options available to her.

The champion dog breeder is married to Mick and busy mum to two boys Ryan, 14 and Connor, 11.

Now friends and family have launched an emergency fundraising bid to pay for a private ambulance to fly her to Germany for hypothermia treatment, to strengthen her immune system, after tumours have also spread to her lungs.

The pioneering treatment is only available in Germany and the US.

Fundraising events are planned over the next few weeks for Kelly’s fund including one tonight (Wednesday) at 37, the former Garforth Liberal Club. Already around £3,500 has been raised in donations.

Animal lover Kelly, from East Keswick, near Wetherby, is currently being treated in St James’s Hospital, Leeds, but her family say as soon as she is fit enough they will fly her by air ambulance to see Dr Michael Kalden, at a clinic in Germany for the treatment, which will buy her time.

Her distraught mother Ann Sharrock said: “Ideally we would get avastin but it’s not available. My house is up for sale just to pay for treatment. We are already using a nutritionist and buying lots of walnuts and Brazil nuts, and high doses of vitamin C, to help her fight the cancer.

“The treatment here was going well but doctors here put her in category 4 and after she had a recent injection into her bone, she seemed to revert and has been in hospital for the last week. We feel everyone reacts differently to treatment and we want to continue. Kelly has been through hell and we just want to save her.”

Mr Sharrock said the news has hit all the family hard, particularly her husband Michael and sons.

Kelly’s cousin Amy Watkinson said: “Kelly has been battling cancer for the past year and was in part remission but the treatment available to her in this country has come to an end. There is however a ray of hope in a potentially life saving treatment available in Germany. Kelly is too ill to travel on a commercial flight and would have to go via an air ambulance which makes it even more costly.

“If you can help support my family and raise the funds needed to get her there.

She is a much loved member of our family and a loving mother to her two boys.”

* Various events are being planned to raise money to pay for Kelly’s treatment.

Tonight from 7pm at Libby’s at 37, Main Street, Garforth,and will include a raffle, featuring Billy Dean and the Wildcats; Daddy Cool and Caroline Silvers.

On March 15 a soul singer will perform at Bardsey Club and on March 28 at Leeds Irish Centre, a fundraising night with entertainment is planned.

To donate to the cause, visit

Or search on Facebook to find a page about Kelly Durkin’s treatment.

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