Helen Harber fights against cancer for the sixth time., Helen was enjoying a relaxing summer with her adorable son; Luke, and her partner, Stephen. The previous few years had been an emotional and physical roller coaster ride, with two bouts of breast cancer, a lumpectomy, and double mastectomy. Finally, she felt that she was on the road to recovery, and was moving forward again. She felt happy with the love of her life, who was also incredibly supportive towards both her and her son, Luke, who although being a typical 14 years old, also had the challenges of Down Syndrome. Out of the blue, Helen, then aged 49, was devastatingly diagnosed with two extremely rare uterine cancers, called Carcinosarcomas. Werrington, Peterborough Monday 31 July 2017. Picture by Terry Harris.

Helen Harber.

We are heartbroken to let you know that Helen Harber, mother of Luke, passed away yesterday morning.

As many of you know, Helen lived with cancer for some time and took it on with gentle positivity. We will share further details of Helen’s funeral and remembrance by email, but in the meantime all our thoughts are with Luke, Stephen and their family.

If you have any questions around supporting Luke in the group in the weeks and months ahead, the Down’s Syndrome Association guidance on handling bereavement is published here

Laura and Maggie

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