An Omagh mother of three has been overwhelmed with the response to a fundraising campaign after raising more than £120,000 for her cancer treatment.
Jemma McGowan (27) from Knockmoyle was given just one year to live after being diagnosed with a rare form of ovarian cancer shortly after the birth of her third child.
After exhausting her treatment options locally, Jemma was attempting to raise £70,000 to fund her costs for treatment in Mexico, reaching that target within one day of setting up her Go Fund Me page. The total amount raised stands at more than £123,000.
Jemma told the Ulster Herald she never expected to receive the response to her fundraising efforts that she did.
“When we were making it last night I couldn’t even bring myself to publish it, and I kept saying to my husband even if we could get a couple of hundred quid a day it’ll soon add up. To get this in the first day is just absolutely numbing, I’m overwhelmed by the kindness of strangers.”
“I’m just blown away by how much attention it has got. I’m just a wee girl in Omagh, I can’t believe it.”
Jemma had previously been diagnosed with ovarian cancer when she was pregnant with her first daughter Sadie, but it had been caught at an early stage and treated. After clear scans and blood tests for four years, her life was turned upside down earlier this year when she was preparing to have her third child, Betty.
“I found a wee lump after having four and a half years of clear bloods and clear scans. I was never ever CT scanned as they were so sure that this cancer was never going to come back again.”
Watch the Ulster Herald’s full interview with Jemma below.