A Colchester taxi driver is determined to raise £200,000 to help fight daughter Monique’s cancer battle.
Colchester based taxi driver Paul Buckingham is a popular and well known cabbie on the high street rank in the town centre, who also finds the time to provide airport runs and a special service for children attending local special needs schools.
However, underneath Paul’s friendly approach to his customers, lies a truly sad battle to save the life of his 24-year-old daughter Monique, who was diagnosed with Bowel Cancer in 2017 and initially endured 58 cycles of painful Chemotherapy, which eventually reached the position of showing no evidence of the disease status.
Devastatingly, Paul and his family learnt in August 2019 that the cancer had returned with a vengeance and was now at Stage 4 having spread to the lining of her abdomen, pelvis and ovaries.
Unfortunately at a specialist surgical Centre in Basingstoke, Hampshire, Monique was informed that she was unsuitable for surgery and over the past few months has endured another session of Chemotherapy.
During this time Paul and his family have launched a determined campaign to raise around £200,000 in order to help fund advanced treatment overseas such as in America as further treatment on the NHS are limited in effectiveness due to the severity of her condition.
Paul Buckingham said: “We set up a GoFundMe site under ‘thelifeofmique’ and so far have raised over £5,000, so we still have a long way to go, but the backing of the local community and my local cabbies has been amazing.”
At the same time Paul now has the backing of a local international journalist and a professional website designer. The next step forward will be the impending launch of Monique’s very own ‘thelifeofmique’ website with the intention of attracting local and personality Patrons to add validity and presence to the website and the fundraising campaign.
Paul added: “We are very hopeful of raising the £200,000 we need to get Monique the latest advanced treatment she needs to stand a chance of overcoming this dreadful disease and welcome support and donations for ‘thelifeofmique’.”