A CROWDFUNDING page has been set up to help a family from the Axarquia region in Malaga province, after both mother and son were diagnosed with cancer this year.
Friends hope to raise enough cash so that single mum Amanda Edwards from Salto del Negro, can take her two children, Abs (8) and Jose (12), on holiday to Disneyland in Paris to make special memories.
Amanda was shocked when her son, Abs (short for Abraham) was diagnosed with two types of leukaemia earlier this year, and then was dealt the devastating blow that she had breast cancer just months later.
They have been going through chemotherapy together.
The translator for expats has been unable to work due to her treatment, so the family have lost their only source of income.
Amanda moved to Malaga 17-years-ago and has typically helped people who don’t speak Spanish with hospital appointments, legal translations, and town hall administration.
Her dad died last August after moving to Spain to be closer to the family. Adding to this hardship, Amanda’s sister-in-law was diagnosed with cancer two weeks before she was.
Natalie Hancock, from Sandhurst, Berkshire, Amanda’s best friend of 40 years wanted to help the family through these difficult times.
The House Manager set up a JustGiving page to raise money for the family to go on holiday to Disneyland Paris.
Writing on her JustGiving page, Natalie said: “Amanda has to fund so much of hers and her little boy’s treatment. As she is ill she is unable to work so we need as much help as we can to assist with their treatment and making their lives as comfortable as possible.”
She continued: “As well as fundraising for their treatments and everyday living Amanda wants to donate to the Hospital ‘Materno-Infantil in Malaga to the oncology ward which is the maternity and children hospital in Malaga.”
She added: “Amanda’s aim in life is to take little Abs to Disneyland Paris. Please help me help my best friend who has breast cancer and her little boy with leukaemia, have a better way of life and get their trip of a lifetime.”
Donors have left messages of support on the JustGiving page.
One wrote: “I pray you reach your target and have a wonderful time at Disneyland with your family.”
Another said: “You and your little boy are an inspiration and you deserve some quality fun family time.” Another donor wrote: “I cannot begin to imagine what you have both been through. You are so incredibly brave. Enjoy Disneyland you deserve it.”
To donate to the JustGiving campaign go to: www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/mysonmyhero