Appeal for Howth young mum of two with terminal cancer

by Sylvia Pownall
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The Howth community has rallied to support a young mother-of-two with terminal cancer who is trying to find a new home with her partner and two boys.

An online appeal has been launched to help Christine Rossiter, 37, who was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer in 2016 which has since spread to her brain, liver and lungs.

The popular graphic designer is hoping to stay in the locality along with her partner and their two young boys as the lease on their rental home will not be renewed when it expires in June.

A group of pals, themselves young mums, have set up a fundraising campaign in a bid to help pay for her living expenses and for future medical treatment abroad including immunotherapy trials in the US.

By Wednesday the GoFundMe page had raised almost €16,000 of its €25,000 target with 279 people donating to the worthy cause in the six days since it was set up.

The organisers state: “If the right trial comes up, Christine will have to travel at short notice. We want to send her there to give her a chance to benefit from cutting edge medical treatment and provide for accommodation and other expenses.

“Christine’s terminal diagnosis ended her career. At a time when they would otherwise have been saving for a deposit, Christine and her partner of 19 years were wrestling with a catastrophic diagnosis and unforeseen loss of earnings.”

The fund aims to give the family some stability and allow them to rent another home close to Howth Primary School where their eldest son is in senior infants.

It aims “to keep her child in the school where he is surrounded by his buddies – our children – but also us, the mothers who know him and can support him while his mother battles this cruel disease”.

Christine was given a prognosis of five years when she got the shock diagnosis at the age of just 34. Conventional treatment has yielded limited response yet her pals say she has demonstrated “characteristic grace and sweetness” at all times.

They add: “She also continues to raise her two boys with love, humour and optimism at a time of huge personal upset and upheaval.”

To support the fund, visit the GoFundMe page here.

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