Vernon native Shannon Singh is facing a tough battle against cancer after the disease returned and spread throughout her body.

Vernon native Shannon Singh is facing a tough battle against cancer after the disease returned and spread throughout her body.

Support grows for cancer patient

Online donations for a Vernon native facing cancer have nearly doubled since her story appeared in The Morning Star.

Online donations for a Vernon native facing cancer have nearly doubled since her story appeared in The Morning Star.

Shannon Singh (née Currie), 46, a Lower Mainland dental hygienist, thought she had beat breast cancer, having been in remission since 2001.

A mother of two, Singh, who attended Clarence Fulton Secondary and whose family lives in Vernon, was working through severe pain in her lower  back.

A trip to the hospital showed the cancer had returned and had spread to her spine, pelvis, liver and lungs.

She has started chemotherapy, and more radiation, hormone treatments and possibly surgery are to come.

Singh’s sister, Coreena Martel, began an online campaign to help raise $25,000 for a treatment plan not covered by any medical plan.

When the story first ran Jan. 25, the total donated at youcaring.com was more than $5,600.

As of Friday, the total was at $9,400, and the family received some great news.

A donor has agreed to make a donation matching all contributions between now and Feb. 14 up to $5,000.

Anybody wishing to make an online donation can do so at youcaring.com (enter Shannon Singh in the search engine on the home page, then click on ‘Shannon needs our help’).

Anybody wishing to make a donation by cheque can make the cheque out to Shannon Singh, and mail it to the care of Bert Boring, 609 Mt. Fosthall Place, Vernon, B.C., V1B 2W2.

The family hopes her Vernon and North Okanagan friends will still consider a donation.

“I’m so proud of her incredibly inspiring attitude through her fight. But she needs our help,” said Martel.