Brave bid to arrest cancer: fundraiser organised to help out Francine

THE FORCE IS WITH FRANCINE: In a trial run young mother Francine Sammut snips the hair of her good friend Senior Constable Lisa Pearson who has organised Shave to Save to help pay for lifesaving chemotherapy for her former police colleague. Photo: STEVE GOSCH

THE FORCE IS WITH FRANCINE: In a trial run young mother Francine Sammut snips the hair of her good friend Senior Constable Lisa Pearson who has organised Shave to Save to help pay for lifesaving chemotherapy for her former police colleague. Photo: STEVE GOSCH

ON Wednesday Francine Sammut embarks on a lifesaving chemotherapy treatment at Orange hospital, but it comes at a price.

At $17,500 for three treatments of the cancer drug Kadcyla over the next three weeks, Mrs Sammut’s good friend and former police force colleague Lisa Pearson has stepped in to ease the burden on Mrs Sammut, her husband Brett and two little girls Emily,  10, and Tegan, 6, by spearheading a fundraiser.

Mrs Sammut’s treatment comes just a week after medical imaging results show her previous cancer treatment is not keeping tumours in her body in check.

Mrs Sammut was diagnosed with breast cancer when Tegan was just 12 months old and she has been an inspiration to her family and friends.

Since her diagnosis she has undergone radiotherapy, numerous rounds of chemotherapy and has been hospitalised on several occasions following reactions to treatment.

In 2012 after being in remission and developing a sore chest Mrs Sammut discovered tumours had returned.

Senior Constable Pearson said she has the support of her colleagues at Orange police station and is only too happy to lose her hair when it is shaved on July 12.

“Our commander Superintendent Driver has been very supportive,” she said.

If you would like to support the Shave to Save to help Mrs Sammut donate at First Choice Credit Union BSB 802-318 account number 11739 or drop your donation in to Orange police station.

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