Tragic dad’s dream came true – all thanks to you...

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - KAREN BRITTON

ADAD was granted his dy­ing wish to take his chil­dren to Dis­ney­land just weeks be­fore he died.

Joel Green, 33, from Mac­cles­field, died on July 10 af­ter a nine-month bat­tle with cancer.

But his dream of mak­ing pre­cious mem­o­ries with his chil­dren – Travis, four, and Poppy, seven – came true thanks to an appeal in the Ex­press, which funded the fam­ily trip just three weeks be­fore he died. Joel’s part­ner, Maxie Rem­blance, from Bosley, set up the appeal to raise £5,500 to­wards the trip to Euro Dis­ney.

She said: “I’m so glad we have those mem­o­ries. He kept say­ing he was re­ally grate­ful to ev­ery­one. His chil­dren were the most im­por­tant thing to him and I’m so happy we could do this for him.”

The money funded a fam­ily trip for Joel’s chil­dren, part­ner Maxie and her mum Janet.

Maxie said Joel felt short of breath on the trip but did not let this spoil his fun, and went on all the rides with the chil­dren.

She said: “We had a fan­tas­tic time and would never have got there if it wasn’t for the appeal. Joel was amaz­ing. He went on all the rides and re­fused to use a wheel­chair. He was the only one who didn’t com­plain about his feet aching as we walked around.”

Joel, who worked as an es­tate agent in Bolling­ton, was di­ag­nosed with colon cancer in Novem­ber last year, which also spread to his lungs and liver.

The fundrais­ing appeal also en­abled him to cele- brate his 33rd birth­day with his fam­ily on a barge on June 30 – and meet his TV hero David Ten­nant.

Joel’s health de­te­ri­o­rated on July 1, the day af­ter re­turn­ing from a camp­ing trip with his kids, and he died on July 10 while be­ing cared for at East Cheshire Hospice.

His mum, Anthea, who lives with Joel’s dad Stephen on Ar­ling­ton Drive, said: “He couldn’t be­lieve what peo­ple had done for him.

“It meant so much to him and it made his trip so spe­cial know­ing that he was there af­ter peo­ple got be­hind his appeal.

“He didn’t re­alise how loved he was. Ev­ery­one loved Joel.”

She added: “Joel was the nicest per­son you could wish to meet. We’ve been over­whelmed by the hun­dreds of mes­sages we’ve had. He was a bril­liant dad, it’s just so sad that this has hap­pened.

“We can’t be­lieve he’s gone. He was loved by ev­ery­one, such a kind­hearted gentle­man. He could make a friend in an empty room.

“He was de­ter­mined to go to Dis­ney­land and make mem­o­ries and was brave right un­til the end.

“We are so proud of him will miss him very much.”

Joel’s fu­neral is on July 28, at Mac­cles­field Cre­ma­to­rium, 2.40pm.

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