People have shown huge generosity to smash a fundraiser to help support a much-loved Southport radio presenter who was told she “won’t make it to Christmas” unless she receives vital cancer treatment.
Over £7,000 has been raised in just three days for Mum-of-two Cassie James, a presenter on Mighty Radio in Southport.
Dozens of people were delighted to show their support for the popular 59-year-old, who has previously battled bilateral breast cancer, a lesion in her brain and melanoma in her foot and groin.
Fiona said: “You’re all so generous. You’re all so caring. You’re all so amazing!
“Cassie has hope, she has faith and she now doesn’t have to worry about her after care treatments!
“Wow. We are overwhelmed, we feel the love. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
“Cassie is so so grateful for all of your amazing donations! We have smashed the target! We couldn’t have achieved this without you!
“Cassie is going to start doing video blogs to keep you all updated on her progress.
“We don’t know how long recovery will take, and/or how long she’ll be in hospital after the treatments.
“Follow up appointments, therapies and travel expenses all cost money. Any money over the target will be used to help Cassie recover.
“Anything left after her recovery will be donated to her chosen charity. Thank you all so much.”
Cassie James said: “Where do I begin to say thank you from the bottom of my heart I thank you.
“The love and support that is pouring in has absolutely blown me away.
“Thank you so much everybody – this means so much to me.
“I am keeping things updated on my show as and when I know what’s going on with the hospital.
“At the moment appointments are in place for next week to discuss the procedure with the consultant in Leeds Hospital and St Helens Hospital to see the other consultant to discuss the immunotherapy treatment.
“The other consultant who looks after the breast cancer side is calling me next week to check up on how things are going with me and that I’m doing ok.
“I’ve got a huge team of health care professionals around me as my case is very complicated.
“I want you all to know I will never forget all of your love, support, kindness and your posts and private messages, thank you, you’re amazing.”
Cassie has two children, Jonny Wright who lives and works in Manchester as a conveyancer, and Stacey Wright, a designer for H&M, who lives in Sweden.
Fiona Aldred said: “Cassie works as a volunteer radio presenter for our local community radio station Mighty Radio here in Southport and has a mid-morning show 10am till 1pm Monday to Saturday and Sunday 10am till 12pm midday seven days a week.
“During lockdown she has been an amazing support for the community of Southport as she kept the listeners informed of all the local businesses that were trading and doing deliveries.
“She has never missed a show at all for the last two years she has done her show.
“Throughout all of this Cassie has still had to undergo her treatment for breast cancer with Clatterbridge Hospital nurses coming to her home every three weeks where she has intravenous medications that she will undergo for life or as long as it is working.
“The community of Southport are very proud of Cassie and despite all that she has gone through she has worked and continues helping and supporting the community.
“Unfortunately the cancer has returned and they can no longer operate. The only alternative now is to do a procedure called Isolated limb perfusion, which is very vicious chemotherapy. “Without this treatment Cassie has been told she is unlikely to reach this Christmas.”
The cost of the treatment is £4,690. The appeal is asking for £7,000 to cover the cost of after care and travel.
Mighty FM Station Manager Paul Tasker said: “Cassie has been at Mighty from the very start. Since we launched on FM, she has worked every day and given up her time every day to commit to her radio show.
“She has even worked round her hospital appointments in order for her to still do radio shows from home. On odd occasions she has done radio shows from her hospital bedside. She is so dedicated to her work.
“Cassie has done lots of fundraising for community projects, helped find people accommodation, including international nurses throughout the pandemic. She will help anyone.
“I just want the community to now get behind Cassie James and we help her raise funds for the treatment she needs to win this battle, before it’s too late.
“It must be hard to be told that ‘you may not have long, you have cancer’. I can’t imagine what Cassie is going through.
“Miracles can happen and I’m determined to see Cassie win this battle.
“For everything she has done for the community, she deserves to win this battle.”