Weʼre raising £4,000 to Raise Funds To Help Pay For Dads Memorial After His Short 9wk Battle With Aggressive Melanoma. Raise Funds And Awareness For Melanoma UK.
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What can I say.... 9 Weeks, and the main man in my life was taken from me. My Dad was as strong as an Ox and happily celebrating his 60th Birthday with us all in Feb 2018 at Centre Parks. Rollerblading and larking on as he always was when we got together as a Family. We were hiking up mountains of snow in Scotland in April for our usual Motorhome and Campervan Convoy of a holiday completely unawares that we were about to have our world turned upside down.
Picture Below: Dads 60th Centre Parks 2018. (To anyone who didn't know my Dad, he didn't lose his hair through any treatment! He went bald gracefully in his 20's!)
Dad had a mole on the right side of his face. Changes to the shape, colour and size of this mole was the only reason Mam prompted him to go to the Dr's. To which a diagnosis wasn't established straight away as they hadn't seen anything like this anomaly before. A Biopsy was taken and the mole was removed as a precaution. On Fathers Day we went to play Footgolf at our local driving range in Stokesley and I ended up taking my Dad to James Cook Hospital as he was close to collapsing in pain. The following Thursday, 5th July 2018. Dad was called to our local Dr's surgery and was diagnosed with Aggressive Melanoma. With-in 9 Weeks this disease had brought my Dad to his knees. The strongest man I know, my rock, my world.
The Melanoma had attacked my Dads Lymph Nodes. It was in his Adrenaline Glands, Kidney, Liver, Spline, Spine, Bone, Lung (which quickly turned to pneumonia), Skin and moved into his Brain.
Dad died in North Tees Hospital 03.09.2018.
I did not think that this disease would take my Dad, I was in denial as I hadn't heard a lot about Melanoma and therefore didn't think it was a BAD Cancer. How wrong I was. We reached out to the well established Charities i.e. McMillen Cancer Support. This was to try and get some help from an Occupational Health Therapist who we were told could come and measure up the house and get us as many aids as we needed to help/ support Dad through his illness. We are still waiting for that person to ring and make us an appointment. Whilst Dad was at home we found it increasingly difficult to find ANYONE to help us through this traumatic time. At one point we were told by the DWP that dad wasn't applicable for a Blue Disability Badge as he could still, at that point, walk the distance that meant he wasn't applicable for one. Only when Dad was given days to live, in North Tees Hospital, did we get a lady from McMillen Cancer Support come and visit us and try to organise better pain relief for my Dad and better support for me and my mother who were swapping over day and night shifts to look after my Dad properly.
Only after Dads passing has Mam come across the Charity Melanoma.UK that is based down south and is a small/ independently funded Charity that is there to raise awareness about this OTHER form of CANCER that doesn't get advertised or mentioned on Cancer Research Advertisements, as it isn't a main focus of theirs. How can this AGGRESSIVE form of cancer NOT be a FOCUS point for Cancer Research to investigate??
BUT it isn't, therefore this Small Charity relies on Donations and Fundraising from other sources and families that are able to spread the word about this horrible form of Cancer because of the differences it has. I have been shocked with how quickly my Dad has been taken away from me. And how quick the progression of this disease was. I will now be supporting Melanoma.UK and looking for Donations and I will be holding Fundraising Events i.e. Park Clean Ups, Beach Clean Ups etc to raise money for this worthy Charity that needs HELP to grow and get the word out there and any advice for families battling this horrible form of Cancer.
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