In August 2016, I learned my Dad had been diagnosed with stage 4 terminal lung cancer. Despite receiving Chemotherapy in an attempt to maximise his prognosis, Dad lost his battle on December 14th 2016 just 4 short months after being given the devastating news. He tried so hard to be brave, as all he was worried about was how we would all cope when he was no longer with us. A true hero to the very end.
With us all being Reading FC fans and Dad being a former Vice President and Loyal Royal for over 40 years, Jack and I will be cycling from his beloved Reading Football Club to his place of rest in support of Cancer Research UK. Herein lies our challenge. With his own parents having been laid to rest in Doncaster South Yorkshire, 192 miles from the Madejski Stadium in Reading, his wish was to be reunited with them when the time came.
Therefore we would now like to join fundraisers by asking for your support with our journey on the 23rd & 24th June 2018, what would have been Dad's 70th Birthday weekend, to help raise as much as we can for scientists in the quest for better treatments to bring hope to patients.
Lung cancer is the third most common cancer in the UK and is still the leading cause of cancer deaths in our country.
Although a great deal is already being done to reduce the burden of lung cancer, survival has lagged behind other cancers.
Experiencing Dad's battle against lung cancer, made us appreciate first hand the pain and suffering endured by thousands of sufferers and their families during such a difficult time.
We would like to thank you all for visiting our Fundraising Page. The money we raise will help fund life-saving research and to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.
Donating through this page is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with Cancer Research UK.
Paul and Jack Vallance.
In memory of Eric Reid Vallance, my hero, my best mate.....my Dad.