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Mum's wonder drugs donated by her friends

PUBLISHED: 13:33 08 April 2010 | UPDATED: 11:37 23 August 2010

BEST FRIENDS: Pals of Nikki Phelps are going all-out to raise vital funds to pay for a wonder drug to keep her alive.

BEST FRIENDS: Pals of Nikki Phelps are going all-out to raise vital funds to pay for a wonder drug to keep her alive.

A GROUP of women are setting themselves a series of challenges to raise money for vital treatment needed by a friend suffering from cancer. Nikki Phelps, 37, of Wrangling Lane, Meopham, was diagnosed with Multiple Endocrine Neoplasis (MEN1) 10 years ago

A GROUP of women are setting themselves a series of challenges to raise money for vital treatment needed by a friend suffering from cancer.

Nikki Phelps, 37, of Wrangling Lane, Meopham, was diagnosed with Multiple Endocrine Neoplasis (MEN1) 10 years ago and recovered after several operations.

But after giving birth to twins Jack and Harry in 2007, Mrs Phelps again fell ill and underwent surgery to remove a tumour weighing 11lbs.

Her consultant has advised she takes a new drug called Sunitunib, but at a cost of £100 a day, Mrs Phelps and husband Bill are struggling to raise the funds.

Friend Helen Gaston, 35, of Green Farm Lane, Shorne, said: "Hearing about Nikki's battle with cancer has saddened us all.

"She needs this wonder drug to prolong her life so her boys can have a mum for a bit longer, but the Primary Care Trust won't finance it.

"We felt there must be something we could do to help, so we organised a several fundraising events."

The women, who call themselves the Baby Group, met following the births of their children and get together every Friday.

Mrs Phelps' husband, Bill, 45, said: "I would just like to say how grateful we are to the Baby Group and people who have donated so far.

"It is something that has captured people's imaginations because everyone seems to know someone in a similar situation. It's been amazing."

The first challenge is an 18-mile walk around the Hoo peninsula on April 25.

Mrs Gaston added: "The mayor is attending the start of the walk to see us off and there is a local councillor and his wife joining us."

"Nikki also hopes to be there on the day at the end of the walk in her wheelchair.

"More and more people are joining the walk so there could be quite a crowd of us on the day."

Visit www.nikki-fundraising.co.uk if you wish to donate to the Baby Group.

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