A MUM-OF-FIVE fighting terminal cancer received a card telling her to “stop begging for money” after friends raised over £6,000 for her
A MUM-OF-FIVE fighting terminal cancer received a card telling her to “stop begging for money” after friends raised over £6,000 for her treatment.
Karen Land, 40, from Retford in Nottinghamshire received the twisted message through her letterbox on Saturday, January 12.
The firefighter was told that she had two aggressive brain tumours in August last year, just weeks after being given the all clear from breast cancer.
Tumours were also found in her lungs on October 4 after she continued a tight schedule of scans and treatment.
The card, which had “Thinking of you” written on the front, contained the message: “Stop begging for money!
“Enough is enough, with raffles, just funding.
“Why do you still want people giving money to you?
“What will happen to money when there is no cure for you?”
The card had a stamp on but had not been sent by post — worrying Karen that it may be from somebody she knows.
I was just shocked that someone would do that to somebody in my position.
Karen told Lincolnshire Live: “I was just shocked that someone would do that to somebody in my position.
“I don’t understand how someone can be so bothered about my life that they go to the effort to do something like that.
“I’m not angry, I would have liked to have discussed the issue with them. I think I’m inclined to say that they’re more to be pitied.”
A JustGiving page for Karen has raised more than £6,200 of the £30,000 needed for cancer treatment in Germany.
She posted her frustration on Facebook, after going from sitting in a fire engine to hardly able to walk up a flight of stairs.
Karen says she is touched by the support she has received since the card arrived.
“I have been bombarded by messages of support on Facebook,” she said, “I like to get around and message everyone back, but I struggled to keep up because there were that many messages.
“Everybody has been really positive.”
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Speaking last year, Karen said that she won’t stop fighting the cancer.
She said: “I don’t want to get myself down about the news. I am determined as ever to fight and stay positive; I don’t want this to take over the times I am supposed to be enjoying.
“I always wake up in the mornings feeling upbeat with a smile on my face. I guess I did get a bit complacent when I beat cancer the first time around, but I’m willing to go the full length to get rid of this.”
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