Sail 4 Macmillan 23
Fundraising for Macmillan Cancer Support
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On Saturday evening 9th November 2013 James, our son, went to hospital with stomach ache. Later the surgeon would comment that he was surprised that James had managed to 'walk' into A&E. James underwent lengthy, emergency surgery and woke up to the unexpected diagnosis of bowel cancer with secondary tumours on his liver.
Since that day, James underwent several major surgeries and chemotherapy treatment programmes. During times of treatment, as well as remission, Macmillan Cancer Support has been there for him providing support in so many aspects of his life, making this cancer journey that little bit easier ... and that little has made a lot of difference. James commented, "The support they provide is vital to so many, and if we can raise enough for them to help just one person, to pay one gas bill, or buy one winter coat then, trust me, it will make all the difference". In the Summer of 2015 James was well enough to raise over £3000 for Macmillan by cycling 1300 miles across Europe.
Since then, as his family, we have had an opportunity not only to thank Macmillan, but to help them to support others who suddenly find themselves confronting cancer and the difficulties it can bring. Sadly James was to unwell to join the trip this year but did join in the homecoming festivities. James passed away peacefully in the East Cheshire Hospice on the 8th August 2022. The trip in 2023 will not only take place in his memory but has added poignancy as, just six months after losing James, his younger brother has been diagnosed with the same illness and his wife and children are also being supported by Macmillan.