SONG FOR JULES

Rocker Mike records heart­felt trib­ute to wife after cancer bat­tle

Wales On Sunday - - NEWS - DAVID OWENS Re­porter david.owens@waleson­line.co.uk

MIKE PETERS has penned a beau­ti­ful trib­ute to the “true hero­ism” of his wife Jules as she has bravely bat­tled cancer. Hero­ine (My Love Is Alive) is the new sin­gle from Mike Peters and The Alarm – a stir­ring love song which cel­e­brates the brav­ery of his wife as she has un­der­gone gru­elling treat­ment for breast cancer.

It’s a song rich in emo­tion for the mu­si­cian, who is a 21-year cancer sur­vivor hav­ing fought off the disease on three oc­ca­sions – as the singer pours his heart out like never be­fore.

The song is ac­com­pa­nied by a strik­ing video filmed at the Bon­neville Salt Flats in Utah as The Alarm em­barked on a mam­moth sum­mer trek across the US.

“I was in­spired to write Hero­ine after see­ing the woman who has loved, stood by and cared for me through 21 years of liv­ing with cancer, face up to the shock and re­al­ity of hav­ing to ac­cept a breast cancer di­ag­no­sis of her own,” said Mike.

“Through­out her jour­ney to re­cov­ery, I was con­tin­u­ally moved by what I can only de­scribe as true hero­ism, es­pe­cially in the way she re­tained her zest for life, and to re­main con­stantly dig­ni­fied at all times as both a woman and mother, de­spite the of­ten sav­age or­deal of the ex­pe­ri­ence.”

The amaz­ing bond made strong through the fact that both of them have cancer was vividly por­trayed in the re­cent and na­tion­ally broad­cast BBC tele­vi­sion doc­u­men­tary – Mike and Jules: While We Still Have Time, in which we saw Jules re­ceive her shock di­ag­no­sis as well as un­dergo in­ten­sive bouts of ra­dio­ther­apy and chemo­ther­apy – while deal­ing with the trauma of cop­ing with hair loss and the scars of surgery.

The pair have also opened up about the im­por­tance of his fam­ily’s spir­i­tual val­ues as they both bat­tled cancer.

On a spe­cial edi­tion of S4C’s re­li­gion mag­a­zine pro­gramme Dechrau Canu Dechrau Can­mol to be broad- cast to­day, Mike and Jules, speak of how they have come through dif­fi­cult health prob­lems.

“I take one day at a time and we sup­port each other. We stay pos­i­tive, count­ing our bless­ings and we re­mem­ber that we have two lovely sons,” said Mike, who be­came a Chris­tian after read­ing a book about Je­sus Christ on the London-Rhyl train some years ago.

The re­ac­tion from both women and men af­fected by their story, in par­tic­u­lar Jules’ breast cancer ex­pe­ri­ence, has been phe­nom­e­nal – with mes­sages of sup­port ar­riv­ing from all cor­ners of the globe.

The cou­ple are the driv­ing force be­hind the Love Hope Strength foun­da­tion which is ded­i­cated to sav­ing lives at rock con­certs and fes­ti­vals in the UK and the USA, reg­is­ter­ing more than 150,000 people to the in­ter­na­tional bone mar­row reg­istry and lo­cat­ing over 3,500 po­ten­tially life sav­ing matches in the process.

And next month Jules will be fronting a cam­paign in Wales for Breast Cancer Now – the UK’s largest breast cancer char­ity.

Mean­while, The Alarm have re­cently re­leased new al­bum Vi­ral Black and will play five nights at Cardiff’s Nor­we­gian Church from Novem­ber 1-5 as part of a se­ries of shows cel­e­brat­ing the 30th an­niver­sary of the band’s Eye Of The Hur­ri­cane al­bum.

■ Find out more at: www. thealarm.com

The Alarm’s Mike Peters with his wife Jules and, right, a scene from the new video shot in Utah for Hero­ine (My Love is Alive)

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