On the 3rd January 2018, to his horror, Christopher aged 60, was diagnosed with inoperable Metastatic Oesophageal Cancer. He says “I thought my life was over” but Chris fought on and underwent 3 cycles of chemotherapy every day from 7:30am until 5pm for 3 weeks in an attempt to shrink the tumour.
After nearly a month of gruelling treatment, tests and anticipation he started Herceptin treatment via an infusion in his local mobile unit. Unfortunately, just 1 year into treatment it stopped working.
When Chris found out that he had been successful in securing one of our ‘Mark’ing Memories Grants he says “we were ecstatic, and we certainly weren’t expecting for the majority of our holiday to be paid for! We used the grant to book a 2-week break in Lanzarote”.
Whilst on his holiday in Lanzarote with his partner, Michelle, Chris fell ill and was rushed into hospital. After tests and an MRI scan, they were told the devastating news that Chris had a brain tumour. Now back in England, Chris will start radiotherapy shortly and continue to tackle every step face on. He says “I am not losing hope, I try to be positive and my partner Michelle won’t let me be any other way. I don't let cancer stop me from doing anything; life is for living and I intend to do just that”
He adds “I cannot begin to tell you how much it meant to us to be lucky enough to receive a grant from your Foundation. Our time is so precious and we have to make every day count and I thank you all from the bottom of mine and Michelle’s heart”.
Tom Lay, Co-Founder and Chair of Trustees says “Our thoughts and love are with both Chris and Michelle as they face the hardest challenges of their lives. People like Chris are why we exist, and for people to be able to make the memories that we as family did with our Dad makes us so proud. Again I want to thank everyone who supports the foundation, because without you we couldn’t be there for these brave people. I also want to thank Chris and Michelle for sharing their story, we will continue to think of you.”