WHEN Rebecca Harrington was told her cancer had returned it was a cruel blow.
Rebecca, of Ashton, was diagnosed with breast cancer last April and she had a double mastectomy, as well as chemotherapy and radiotherapy, which finished in February.
But four weeks ago the 34-year-old was given the heartbreaking news that the treatment had not worked, devastating Rebecca, also known as Bec, and her family.
But friends and relatives are determined Bec and her partner Duncan Appleby and children Ellis, five, Hope, two, and nine-year-old step daughter, Fern, will make as many memories together as they can before she gets too sick.
An old school friend, Becka Cordingley has set up a Go Fund Me page, - Give Bec Some Memories to Treasure - which has reached more than £7,000.
Bec was left heartbroken when doctors told her the cancer had returned.
Saying thank you is not enough. I don’t know how to express my gratitude. It will make my children very happyRebecca Harrington
She said: “I started having backache and after CT and MRI scans, they found cancer had returned to the spine.
“There must have been a few stray cells that were not treated through radiotherapy and they had nine months to grow. I now have to have chemotherapy for 18 weeks.
“Doctors have not said how long I have. This treatment is prolonging my life as long as it works. I am heartbroken. The thought of leaving them is terrifying. It has hit the whole family hard. Unfortunately my partner, Duncan, was working in Germany doing contract work and he had to give his job up to look after me.
“I know now that I only have a few years to make memories with them. But it has given me a lease of life to live it as full as possible as I have not got much of it left. I intend to spend as much time as I can with the children.”
Bec is delighted that people have donated so much and she intends treating the children to a big family holiday.
She said: “I can’t believe that in the space of two days £6,000 was donated. It is amazing and overwhelming. It is like I have a fairy godmother.
“People have been amazing and it has taken our minds off our problems. This money will help us make special memories. Saying thank you is not enough. I don’t know how to express my gratitude. It will make my children very happy.
“When I am able to fly we will take the children abroad. In the meantime we will be going on special days out.”
Duncan added: “The Go Fund Me page was a surprise to myself and Rebecca. It will enable us as a family to make memories for our children of good fun times with their mother and family as the name of the page suggests.”
To make a donation visit https://www.gofundme.com/bqdpc4ys