A POLISH woman who received over €40,000 from the public to fly home to die has vowed that not a cent of the funds will be wasted.
Marta Salacka, 27, who previously worked in the city and resided in Castleconnell for a number of years before she fell ill, has written an open letter to the public to thank them for their “amazing” generosity.
After an appeal was made by her friends, initially through the Limerick Leader and local radio, Marta received her dying wish of being allowed home to die.
The funds were raised to pay for a special air ambulance, as she was not permitted to travel on routine flights due to her condition.
Now back home in Poland, where she has received further medical treatment, she says she is still hoping for a miracle, in spite of the devastating prognosis that she may have just weeks to live.
Since this March the mother of one four-year-old son has battled with two forms of leukemia, a cancer of the blood. “I would like to make a promise that if I get miraculously cured and manage to fight the illness my priority will be to establish an organisation that would help the ill. This is my dream and thinking about it makes me smile. If after the treatment there is some money left, I will invest it in my dream. I will not waste a cent of it,” she wrote.
She began the letter by stating: “I’d like to start with expressing my great amazement that people can still unite and help another person. Many of you are my friends but many do not even know me and still you were able to do so much for me.
“Thanks to your prayers I feel God’s protection over me and I would like to thank you for it from the bottom of my heart. None of my clumsy words are able to express the gratitude that you deserve but I’m convinced that God will reward you in his goodness.”
Marta said when she initially heard the diagnosis it felt like a “death sentence” and she wanted to give up.
“I did not have the will to fight any more. The only thing I could do at that time was to pray to the Lord to give me new faith, a little light in the darkness, and He gave me you.”
Writing on her blog this week from home in Gorzow Wielkopolski, near the German border, she wrote about her happiness of having enough strength to read her son a bedtime story.
Donations to help Marta, whose story touched the heart of the nation, also came from people in England, Austria, Poland, Germany, Holland, the United States of America and Australia.
Marta had initially complained to doctors earlier this year about suffering pains in her right shoulder, breast and ribs, but was told she was merely suffering from muscle pains. After persisting that her pain was more serious, leukemia was later detected.