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Terminally ill Ribble Valley dad's band of hope to fight cancer
A TERMINALLY-ILL dad is fronting a new Cancer Research campaign in Lancashire.
A Channel Four fund-raising telethon called Stand Up To Cancer will bring together scientists, celebrities and communities to generate money and awareness in the fight against the disease.
Father-of-one John Ellison, 49, of Gallows Lane, Dutton, was a surveyor and climbing enthusiast before being diagnosed with incurable prostate cancer 12 months ago, joining more than four people an hour in the North West who are told they have the disease.
Since his mother died of breast cancer when he was 23, John has raised £16,000 for Cancer Research UK and has volunteered to take part in clinical trials to try and help people diagnosed with the disease in the future.
He is now promoting a wristband campaign, which will see the items sold for £1 in Cancer Research shops across the area.
Mr Ellison said: “Finding out there was no cure was completely devastating and utterly shocking, but I just want to make the most of every day and spend as much time as possible with my daughter.
“People keep telling me I’m inspirational which is just daft. I want to concentrate on living and not dying and spend time with my friends and family who I love.
“Thanks to research, I am still here. Buying and wearing a Stand Up To Cancer wristband is a really simple way to join the fight and show your support for all the people, diagnosed with cancer.”
A host of celebs are supporting the campaign, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Alan Carr, Kylie Minogue and Embarrassing Bodies’ Dr Christian Jessen.
Chloe Williams, Lancashire Cancer Research UK volunteer area manager, said: “Research teams will be able to develop new treatments, bring cures faster and save more lives.”
The charity has shops in Blackburn, Rawtenstall and Clitheroe and branches of TK Maxx and Tesco will be selling the wristbands.
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