Dad walks to mark can­cer sur­vival of child and wife

Man takes part in Shine Night Walk to celebrate ‘amaz­ing’ fam­ily

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

The Uxbridge Gazette Se­ries AN UXBRIDGE dad will take part in Can­cer Re­search UK’s Shine Night Walk in cel­e­bra­tion of both his wife and daugh­ter’s re­cov­ery from can­cer.

Wade France, 47, will be joined by his wife Emily, 46, to walk 26.2 miles overnight on Satur­day, Septem­ber 26.

They are call­ing on peo­ple across Lon­don to join them and sign up for Shine Night Walk.

Wade’s daugh­ter Cal­lie, now 10, was di­ag­nosed with a type of kid­ney can­cer called Wilm’s tu­mour a week be­fore her third birth­day in March 2008.

She was treated with chemo­ther­apy at Great Or­mond Street Hos­pi­tal be­fore hav­ing surgery, which in­cluded the re­moval of a kid­ney which had been de­stroyed by the tu­mour.

Mr France, an air traf­fic con­troller at RAF Northolt, said: “There are no words to de­scribe how it feels when you are told your child has can­cer. I re­ally feel for any par­ent who has to go through that.

“Cal­lie was ab­so­lutely amaz­ing, she went through ev­ery­thing with­out bat­ting an eye­lid.”

For­tu­nately Cal­lie, a pupil at White­hall Ju­nior School, re­sponded well to treat­ment and now only has to at­tend a check up ev­ery 12 months.

In April 2013, Wade’s new part­ner Emily was di­ag­nosed with breast can­cer just weeks be­fore they were due to marry.

Wade, who is also dad to Cade, eight, said: “She’d been tested for lumps be­fore and the re­sults al­ways showed they were be­nign, so we weren’t too wor­ried.

“When she was told the news it hit us pretty hard. She’d been on the way to the reg­istry of­fice to drop off our wed­ding forms. It was the last thing we were ex­pect­ing.

“Emily had a lumpec­tomy the fol­low­ing day and we went ahead with our wed­ding on sched­ule. It was just be­fore she started chemo­ther­apy so she still had long hair. A few weeks later she started to lose it.

“Through­out ev­ery­thing she was re­ally bril­liant. She was al­ways so sure it was go­ing to be okay. She was stronger than the rest of us around her.”

Emily had six months of chemo­ther­apy at Univer­sity Col­lege Lon­don Hos­pi­tal, which was fol­lowed by a mas­tec­tomy and a year’s course of her­ceptin.

It was while she was go­ing through treat­ment that Wade first took part in the first Shine Night Walk.

Last year the cou­ple com­pleted it to­gether and are in train­ing for it again this year.

He said: “The at­mos­phere is fan­tas­tic from start to fin­ish. There are so many peo­ple cheer­ing you on and the vol­un­teers are re­ally good.

“Fin­ish­ing it is al­ways the most amaz­ing feel­ing. The first time I did it the last mile was hor­ren­dous, I could barely put one foot in front of the other. It was ab­so­lutely worth it though to know I was help­ing to fund re­search to beat can­cer sooner.”

‘Shin­ers’ will be­gin the walk from South­wark Park, tak­ing in sights such as Tower Bridge, Big Ben, The Shard, St Paul’s Cathe­dral and the Royal Al­bert Hall, be­fore fin­ish­ing in the heart of the city at Old Billings­gate.

Par­tic­i­pants can walk the full marathon (26.2 miles) or half marathon (13.1 miles) and they can per­son­alise their spon­sor­ship by choos­ing to fund re­search into one of 12 dif­fer­ent can­cer types in­clud­ing prostate, chil­dren’s and breast can­cer.

En­try for the event closes on Sun­day, Septem­ber 13.

To en­ter, or sign up as a vol­un­teer, visit www. shinewalk.org.

n GIV­ING BACK: Wade France with wife Emily, who was treated for breast can­cer, are tak­ing part in the Shine Night Walk

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