Sligo woman diagnosed with incurable cancer after thinking she had exercise-related back injury

In January of this year, 37-year-old Rachel Houghton believed she had sustained an exercise-related back injury.

She tried to manage her pain at home for several weeks until it became too much to bear. After coughing up blood on February 14, she visited her GP.

What followed was a flurry of testing and devastating news.

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Rachel was diagnosed with Incurable Stage 4 Lung Cancer, which has now spread to her lymph nodes, pelvis and spine.

While many would rightfully feel defeated, Rachel has shown breath-taking strength and positivity, spreading awareness of her illness through her Instagram account @houghton3348.

Unfortunately, her diagnosis has placed a heavy financial strain on her family, that’s where her colleagues at Homecare Independent Living have decided to step in.

As a beloved member of their staff, HCIL and their dedicated charity iCARE have organized a raffle, in which a trip to New York for two people or cash equivalent is up for grabs.

The raffle will take place on Friday, May 27, 2022 live in Sligo with Rachel, and her family.

Tickets are £20 (€23) each with all sales being given directly to Rachel and her family. You can enter here.

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