Burnley mother-of-two devastating bowel cancer diagnosis aged just 33

A mother of two was diagnosed with bowel cancer aged just 33.

Burnley’s Danielle Harker received the devastating news in August 2021, after suffering for many years from Crohn’s disease.

The diagnosis changed her life dramatically, as Ms Harker had to battle six rounds of chemotherapy after learning the cancer had spread to her lymph nodes and uterus.

Pendleside Hospice offered her treatment and counseling as support, and now Ms Harker’s husband Anthony and Anthony’s sister Laura Doughty are parachuting in to try and raise money and awareness for the sickness.

Ms Doughty said: “My brother Anthony and I are raising funds by doing a joint skydive for Pendleside Hospice as Anthony’s wife Danielle was sadly diagnosed with bowel cancer in early August 2021.

“You hear stories of young people being diagnosed with cancer and your heart sinks, hoping that you or your loved ones are never affected by this horrible, life-altering disease.

“Unfortunately, our family was.

“Danielle struggled for many years with Crohn’s disease, she is the strongest person I know, so learning that it had now turned into bowel cancer was absolutely devastating.

“Her life has changed so much that the things this beautiful young woman and her young family have had to go through just aren’t fair.

“She has two young babies, Shae and Arlo, a beautiful fur baby Caramac and my brother, her husband.

“Danielle is a beautiful 33 year old, amazing mom and wife and this jump is for her.”

The fundraising page was only set up at the start of the week and has already exceeded its £500 target, with Ms Doughty and her brother increasing the target to try and raise more money for the hospice .

Ms Doughty added: “We hope to raise as much money as possible as a representation of her strength through all the struggles and give something back to an amazing charity.

“Please make a donation, no matter how small, it is greatly appreciated.”

To donate, visit gofundme.com