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Bury St Edmunds mother of three with terminal bone cancer fundraising for trip to Alaska inspired by TV programme Deadliest Catch




A mother of three who has terminal cancer but wants to ‘make the most of every day’ is fundraising to go to Alaska, what would be her first and possibly last family holiday abroad.

Amanda Clark, of Mortimer Road, Bury St Edmunds, was initially diagnosed with breast cancer in 2018, undergoing a ‘gruelling’ course of chemotherapy, and since then doctors have told her she has incurable secondary bone cancer.

The 56-year-old, who also relies on carers coming to her home due to disability, started palliative care earlier this month.

Amanda Clark has terminal bone cancer and wants to take her three children to Alaska. Picture: Mark Westley.
Amanda Clark has terminal bone cancer and wants to take her three children to Alaska. Picture: Mark Westley.

Now, she wants to tick one particular item off her bucket list and go with her three children Haydyn, 15, Lauren, 23, and Tyler, five, on their first ever family trip abroad.

“This trip is just something I have really set my heart on and I just really feel going, especially with all my family, is just going to be the best end that I could wish for,” Amanda said.

Despite being weakened by her treatment, and not having ever taken a flight for longer than two hours, Amanda is determined to go to Alaska, spurred on by her and her family’s obsession with TV programme Deadliest Catch.

Amanda with her three children Haydyn, 15, Lauren, 23, and Tyler, five.
Amanda with her three children Haydyn, 15, Lauren, 23, and Tyler, five.

“I just have this burning desire to go and see the captains (of the ships),” she said.

The diagnosis has been hard on Amanda and her children, who she said were ‘devastated’ when they found out the news.

“The day that we went to the hospital and found out, all the children were with me, so although I tried to be brave it was quite a big lump and was quite advanced by the time I got to the hospital,” she said.

“All the children were really upset.”

Amanda said she is set on 'making the most of every day'. Picture: Mark Westley.
Amanda said she is set on 'making the most of every day'. Picture: Mark Westley.

Amanda’s mother died in 2016 of bone cancer, and her sister dying in the last few years as well became too much for her two months ago.

“I had a complete breakdown and was just crying and sobbing,” she said.

“I’m not the crying type normally.”

Amanda, who is set on ‘making the most of every day’ has a target of £5,000 for her trip, with any remaining money going towards caring for her three children.

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