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Burnley father-of-two targeted by internet troll over dying wishes

Lancashire Telegraph: Tom and Tammy Cooper with daughters Ziani, three, and Tienna, six Tom and Tammy Cooper with daughters Ziani, three, and Tienna, six

A DAD battling terminal cancer has hit back at an internet troll who posted a series of vile comments on Facebook, accusing him of being a ‘freeloader’.

Tom Cooper, 27, from Lowerhouse Lane, Burnley, is fighting a rare form of neck cancer and last year launched a 'bucket list' of 30 things he wants to do before he dies.

Among the lasting legacy to his wife Tammy and daughters Ziani, three, and Tienna, six, Tom appealed for donations so the family could go on holiday to Lanzarote and a trip to Disneyland Paris.

Two years ago, the East Lancashire community raised £20,000 so the couple could tie the knot at Towneley Hall.

But a Facebook user has accused the couple of ‘making money from the word cancer’.

Mr Cooper said the messages started last September and in March this year he called the police.

One message said: “As far as I can see he’s had a week’s stay in hospital two-and-a-half years ago for an infection.

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“No doubt they’ve other begging going on that we don’t know about. The whole idea is just sick...making money out of the word cancer to just do [things] constantly that most people save for.”

The Facebook user, listed as being from Padiham, also posted a recent update congratulating teenager cancer sufferer Stephen Sutton.

The 19-year-old has helped to raise over £3million for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

In that post he referred to ‘Topsy and Tim freeloaders’ and accused them of using Stephen’s popularity to fundraise for themselves to go on holiday and said they had ‘no morals’.

Mr Cooper, who has finished his most recent chemotherapy session just over a month ago, said: “I don’t understand why anybody would be like this. We’re not forcing anybody to donate.

“Although me having cancer affects the whole wider family, it is my three girls that matter to me the most.

“I am constantly asking myself will my girls remember me? Will I fade away from their memory with time?

“That is why we do the fundraising, so we can create special memories because I know I have limited time with my family, which upsets me deeply.”

A police spokesman confirmed they had spoken to all parties involved and had issued advice, but no criminal offence had been committed at the time.

Mr Cooper said he would be reporting the latest incidents to police.

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11:10am Thu 1 May 14

BIGGLESTOE says...

Hope the latest chemotherapy gives longer life to spend with your family! The troll idiot will be found out, and hopefully won't be someone you may know with jealousy issues!
Hope the latest chemotherapy gives longer life to spend with your family! The troll idiot will be found out, and hopefully won't be someone you may know with jealousy issues! BIGGLESTOE
  • Score: 21

12:35pm Thu 1 May 14

calman66 says...

It must be terrible to be diagnosed with cancer at such a young age. and not have time or the money to build special memories with your children. People that don't want to donate to an individual sufferer of cancer, I would suggest one of the many fantastic and deserving cancer support charities instead. such as http://www.macmillan
.org.uk/Home.aspx
It must be terrible to be diagnosed with cancer at such a young age. and not have time or the money to build special memories with your children. People that don't want to donate to an individual sufferer of cancer, I would suggest one of the many fantastic and deserving cancer support charities instead. such as http://www.macmillan .org.uk/Home.aspx calman66
  • Score: 13

2:12pm Thu 1 May 14

0161staffylover says...

at the end of the day tom is suffering with cancer which i hope this last lot of chemo helps to lengthen his time with his family and esp his girls hes not a freeloader he as he says is creating memories for his children nobody has had a gun put to their heads and been made to donate they did this willingly and the money raised has been used to do the things he said he would its bad enough to have to go through this illness without other people accusing him of freeloading i think people who accuse should be made to see people with cancer at the last stages and then they will see that while they were well enogh these people that did donate made special memories that will last in their loved ones hearts and eyes for ever i wish nothing but the best to tom and his family xxx
at the end of the day tom is suffering with cancer which i hope this last lot of chemo helps to lengthen his time with his family and esp his girls hes not a freeloader he as he says is creating memories for his children nobody has had a gun put to their heads and been made to donate they did this willingly and the money raised has been used to do the things he said he would its bad enough to have to go through this illness without other people accusing him of freeloading i think people who accuse should be made to see people with cancer at the last stages and then they will see that while they were well enogh these people that did donate made special memories that will last in their loved ones hearts and eyes for ever i wish nothing but the best to tom and his family xxx 0161staffylover
  • Score: 7

2:39pm Thu 1 May 14

Casper's mum says...

I imagine the troll is someone who can't afford a holiday to Disneyland or can't be bothered to save up for one and is jealous.
If people are happy to donate money so Tom can go on holiday with his family (and know that the money they donate is being spent on this) I see no reason for idiots to grumble.
Perhaps Mr Troll should ask his friends to donate towards a holiday for him... oh wait, he probably has no friends.
I imagine the troll is someone who can't afford a holiday to Disneyland or can't be bothered to save up for one and is jealous. If people are happy to donate money so Tom can go on holiday with his family (and know that the money they donate is being spent on this) I see no reason for idiots to grumble. Perhaps Mr Troll should ask his friends to donate towards a holiday for him... oh wait, he probably has no friends. Casper's mum
  • Score: 8

11:05pm Thu 1 May 14

It's a spade! says...

As a general point and not aimed at this particular individual, it is amazing how many people do not bother with any/adequate forms of protection.

If people really care about their family then they would put that at the top of the list of absolute necessities. Life Assurance, Critical Illness and Income Protection policies are all widely available at very affordable prices and will pay out in the event of death, diagnosis and/or time off work. in addition Private Medical Insurance can also assist with costs of treatment.

I just feel that society in general has got away from the providing for the future and asks what can I get today.

I hope that he can maximise his remaining time with his family but if anything can come from this that makes at least one other family think about their own position and "What If?" then maybe someone else in the future won't have the same difficulties.

Just as a final point, more people have pet insurance in this country than have income protection (to pay your income in the event of long term sickness). Makes you think doesn't it?
As a general point and not aimed at this particular individual, it is amazing how many people do not bother with any/adequate forms of protection. If people really care about their family then they would put that at the top of the list of absolute necessities. Life Assurance, Critical Illness and Income Protection policies are all widely available at very affordable prices and will pay out in the event of death, diagnosis and/or time off work. in addition Private Medical Insurance can also assist with costs of treatment. I just feel that society in general has got away from the providing for the future and asks what can I get today. I hope that he can maximise his remaining time with his family but if anything can come from this that makes at least one other family think about their own position and "What If?" then maybe someone else in the future won't have the same difficulties. Just as a final point, more people have pet insurance in this country than have income protection (to pay your income in the event of long term sickness). Makes you think doesn't it? It's a spade!
  • Score: 0

8:11pm Fri 2 May 14

Unhappycyclist says...

Personally, I'd have asked for £20,000 to be donated to a cancer charity or made do with a cheaper wedding and put the rest into a fund for the children.
Personally, I'd have asked for £20,000 to be donated to a cancer charity or made do with a cheaper wedding and put the rest into a fund for the children. Unhappycyclist
  • Score: -1

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