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Corby Glen dad will skydive in aid of charity that helped his son

Sam with captain of Liverpool FC team Stephen Gerrard EMN-141108-122141001

Sam with captain of Liverpool FC team Stephen Gerrard EMN-141108-122141001

A devoted dad will be taking the plunge from above thousands of feet to raise money for a charity that helped his son who fought cancer.

Sam was just 18, when experts at Lincoln Hospital said a tumour in his mouth could be malignant.

More tests at Queen’s Medical Centre, in Nottingham, confirmed the family’s worst fears - it was cancer.

“We were just in shock,” said Sara. “It was horrible. We were absolutely stunned.”

Meetings with consultants were followed by MRI and CT scans.

Sam, his dad Paul and mum Sara, of Corby Glen, were also contacted by key workers from Macmillan Cancer Support, Teenage Cancer Trust and Clic Sargent.

On the 29 July last year Sam had a 14 hour operation to remove the tumour and 50 lymph nodes from his neck.

Tissue and skin grafts from his arm were used to repair the inside of his mouth.

Weeks of chemotherapy and radiotherapy followed.

“A year on, the cancer has gone,” said Sara, who works as a carer.

“The physical scars are still there, but Sam has come through the other side.

“Sam has been quite amazing, which helped us cope.”

Sam, who had just finished an IT course at Grantham College when his ordeal began said: “When it was all happening I told myself there was nothing I could do, so I just left it to the doctors.

“It gets easier and it does end. But it’s important to be positive.

“I was lucky. I had a lot of support from my family and friends.”

Sam’s post surgery treat was a meeting with Liverpool FC team which he has supported “for ever” organised by the Willow Foundation.

“It was amazing,” said Sam.

Paul, a mechanic who runs a garage in Corby Glen said: “Clic Sargent was the first to get in touch so it’s the first we’re raising money for.”

Paul and his brother-in-law Mark Mumby, from Morton, will take part in a tandem sky dive at Sibson airfield, near Peterborough on 23 August.

To sponsor the pair go to www.justgiving.com/sara-smith20 or call Sara on 07956033841. or www.justgiving.com/Mark-Mumby.

Clic Sargent provides support to young people with cancer and their families.

 

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