Cleator Moor Celtic players, fans and committee members are heading up a campaign to raise funds for Joanne Mahone.
Joanne is the wife of the club’s Commercial Manager and former Chairman Martin Mahone, and mother of Tom, who is club captain and a regular in the Celtic side this season.
The fund has been set up to raise a target figure of £55,000 to pay for life-saving treatment for Joanne, who was diagnosed with a very rare high-grade uterine sarcoma cancer six weeks ago.
Martin Mahone explained: “My wife Joanne is 46 years old, all she does is live for her three children.
“Her tumour is very aggressive and growing at an alarming rate, the cancer has also spread to her lungs and bones. Myself, Tom, Beth and Olivia, family and friends are utterly devastated at Joanne’s diagnosis as we all love her so much, but her braveness and positivity has kept us all going.
“Our lives have been turned upside down, and no one can describe how it affects you until something like this happens.
“Joanne was referred to The Christie Hospital in Manchester which specialises in sarcoma cancer. The Christie oncologists confirmed they had no cure for Joanne. They also advised that there are no trials being carried out for this cancer type in Britain at the moment.
“Joanne is currently having palliative chemotherapy but unfortunately, treatment options on the NHS are running out and time is of the essence.
“We are now fundraising to have her treated privately at a clinic in Europe or America. If everyone can give a little, we can achieve a lot”.
Celtic Secretary Herbie Briggs said: “Everyone is rallying round the Mahone family in their time of need and support.
“Wath Brow Hornets, the local rugby league club is also joining the rallying call, along with hundreds of people from the village.
“The whole community is behind us, but £55,000 is a big target. We might smash it, I hope we do, but every penny counts.
"We as a club will always help and reach out to others in their hour of need, and now we need the support of the NWCFL.
“If anyone can please support us as we aim to support Jo, we would be very grateful”.
Donations can be made through the campaign's GoFundMe page that has been set up by clicking here.