'My children come first' says Redruth mum with cancer
FRIENDS of a 26-year-old mother who has cancer that has spread throughout her body are pulling out all the stops to send her and her young family on the holiday of a lifetime.
Ashton Forder (née Stafford), of Redruth, was diagnosed with malignant melanoma that was in a lymph node in 2009.
She underwent a major operation to remove affected lymph nodes while 14 weeks pregnant with her third daughter.
The cancer spread to her bowel, liver, bladder and pelvic area and she has undergone numerous operations since then, including ones on her liver and bowel in May of last year.
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But the cancer returned to every area operated on, so she had another liver, bowel and pelvic resection in October.
A former pupil of Trewirgie and Redruth schools, Mrs Forder underwent radiotherapy in December and January to try to shrink the cancer in her pelvic area, and in February she had a kidney removed. But just this week, she had more bad news.
She said: "It's travelled to my diaphragm now. They've offered me chemotherapy or radiotherapy, I've just got to make a decision which one to go for. The children are my main priority and I've got to think of them. My three-year-old thinks I live in hospital.
"Statistics say I should be dead in the next few years. I'm on stage four, the highest level of cancer. I just have to take it day by day."
Touched by her desperate plight, friends Gemma Delaney, Ruth Stevens, Zoey Bryant and Lisa Williams have organised a fundraising event.
Taking place at the Coppice Inn, Lanner, on May 25, the aim is to raise enough money to send Ashton and her family to Disneyland, Paris.
Gemma said: "She is one of my best friends. The cancer started just after I got to know her five years ago, and she is just so brave. She has been through such a tough time."
On the fundraising day, from noon to 5pm, there will be a bouncy castle, barbecue, stalls, competitions, face-painting and a large raffle.
There is an adults-only disco and live band from 6pm, with tickets at £5 each, to be booked in advance from the Coppice on 01209 216668.
Gemma added: "We need to try and raise enough money to help Ashton and her three gorgeous girls to get to Disneyland. Because of her condition, the medical insurance alone is £3,000."
The Co-operative in Drump Road, Redruth, is helping with the fundraising, as Ashton's mum Mandy Stafford works there.