Thou­sands join walk – all with com­mon cause

Shine Night Walk for can­cer char­ity

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

AN RAF Northolt air traf­fic con­troller has walked through the night to raise money for Can­cer Re­search UK.

Wade France, 47, and his wife Emily, 46, com­pleted the char­ity’s Shine Night Walk on Septem­ber 26 by walk­ing 26.2 miles through Lon­don and tak­ing in the sights of Tower Bridge, Big Ben, The Shard and St Paul’s Cathe­dral.

They joined 17,000 men, women and chil­dren to paint the town neon and help raise al­most £5 mil­lion for re­search.

Wade was inspired to walk be­cause his 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 re­ceived chemo­ther­apy at Great Or­mond Street Hos­pi­tal and surgery which in­cluded the re­moval of a kid­ney which had been de­stroyed by the tu­mour.

Wade 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.

Then 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: “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 Shine Night Walk. In 2014 the cou­ple com­pleted it to­gether and were quick to sign up again for this year’s event.

Wade added: “This was the third time I’d taken part in Shine Night Walk and the at­mos­phere was just as fan­tas­tic as ev­ery­one united to­gether to take on the chal­lenge.

“So many peo­ple at the event had been touched by can­cer and if felt amaz­ing to be sur­rounded by walk­ers with a com­mon cause.”

n AMAZ­ING FEEL­ING: Wade and Emily France took part in the 26.2 mile walk through Lon­don in the dark

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