AFTER Faberge Proctor's cancer reappeared for the third time, the 25-year-old had a decision to make.
Should she stick it out with the doctors in Australia or should she look for answers elsewhere?
She decided to try an alternative treatment overseas at the Gerson Institute, but it comes with a $20,000 price tag.
So she created an online donation page in the hope friends and family might help her out.
"I put the website up until June 30 because I thought it might take at least a month to raise half that money, but everyone proved me wrong," Miss Proctor said.
The site raised the $20,000 in just two days; the total kept growing and is now sitting at almost $27,000.
"I can't even say with words how grateful I am to the community in Campbelltown and Camden," Miss Proctor said.
"I don't fear being sick. I fear telling my family again. Having that support and knowing that it is not just my family supporting me, its everyone, it's uplifting for them."
A fund-raising event will be held at Menangle Park House on Sunday, June 8 with a $35 cover charge to contribute to ongoing cost of the treatment.
Miss Proctor's friend Ella King, the event organiser, said it would include live entertainment, a massive auction and food provided by Menangle Park House.
Miss King said the community support had been overwhelming.
"It just makes me so proud of where we're from when something like this happens," she said.
Miss Proctor, who a few weeks ago moved to Queensland, was first diagnosed with melanoma in 2012 and after two operations was given the all-clear.
In December 2013 she found a lump that grew so quickly it required urgent surgery and radiotherapy.
And then, on May 12, scans found the cancer had spread to her lungs.
Miss Proctor will know in the next few days if she has been accepted into the limited treatment program which she hopes will prolong her life.
■To donate visit www.mycause.com.au/page/76737.