Daughter from Wembley fundraising to save her terminally ill mother

PUBLISHED: 14:44 27 December 2017 | UPDATED: 14:44 27 December 2017

Maria Powell

Maria Powell


A Wembley woman who is treating her terminally ill mother with cannabis oil and a vegan diet has launched a fundraising page in the hope of healing her.

Single mum Maria Powell was diagnosed with lung cancer on October 27 this year, the day before her 46th birthday, which has now spread to her bones.

Her 28-year-old daughter Whittney Powell said since she changed her mother’s nutrition to a plant-based diet and started giving her cannabis oil to deal with the pain, the tumour has shrunk.

The maternity nurse is hoping to raise £120,000 to continue the holistic treatment after reading how other people survived.

She said: “My mum’s been a foster carer for 14 years and is so selfless. She’s a very healthy person, she works with vulnerable people, works with babies. I can’t believe something like this is happening to her.

“She was complaining of pain in her shoulder and that’s how she was finally diagnosed. She’s been given less than a year to live. I still feel she’s in shock.

“I heard cannabis oil helps and for the past month I’ve been researching diets and alternative treatments.

“I managed to get hold of some and it is helping. Doctors say her tumour has shrunk, she’s not in so much pain and her arm isn’t spasming. I saw her do her hair for the first time last week. It’s clearly working so that’s what we need.”

Whittney, who lives with her mother, said they are spending an average of £600 a week on cannabis oil and organic vegan food.

She added: “Now her blood is becoming immune to it so we need to up the dosage. She has responded well to cannabis oil and vegan diet but these two necessities are costly so we are grateful for monetary and gift vouchers to help towards her healing.”

“We’re hoping people can help us. It can be money or people can donate vouchers for shops like Holland and Barratt or Planet Organic. Or even a pick me up like a manicure would do her so much good.

“People say crowdfunding is like begging. I’m begging for my mum’s life. She needs to focus on getting better.”

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