Cancer patient, 31, to give thanks to charity for support

SUPPORT Kim Crowhurst, left, and Julie Day are helping to organise the Emerald Ball at Bay House School. Picture: Steve Reid/Blitz Photography
SUPPORT Kim Crowhurst, left, and Julie Day are helping to organise the Emerald Ball at Bay House School. Picture: Steve Reid/Blitz Photography

From broken bones to new beginnings

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A MAN who may have only two years to live is holding a fundraising ball with his wife to say thank you to a charity that has supported them.

Dan Day, 31, of Seafire Road, in Lee-on-the-Solent, was first diagnosed with bowel cancer in January 2012 but has suffered several blows after it spread to his liver and lungs, despite treatment.

The dad-of-one has already had much of his liver and bladder removed, along with his spleen and gall bladder, and is now about to undergo further chemotherapy.

Dan married Julie, 40, a month early in April last year after his diagnosis.

But now the pair are so grateful after using the Macmillan Cancer Support centre at Queen Alexandra Hospital, in Cosham, that they now want to give back by staging the Emerald Ball later this month.

Dan told The News: ‘It’s been very hard for everyone – it’s brought us closer. But the hospital and Macmillan have been a bit of a saviour.

‘I’m planned for treatment to keep me going for a bit but I’m not sure really how long.

‘They’re just going to keep it going until it happens.’

Julie said the service at the hospital is a chance to escape from the medical wards with son Alfie, two, and her two children from a previous marriage.

She said: ‘When Dan first took ill, he was in the hospital for six weeks, and he was very ill.

‘We would just go and sit down there because the centre... just felt a world away from being in hospital.

‘When you’re spending every day at the hospital, just being able to go in there was fantastic.

‘We’ve had a few times we’ve gone in there and got more bad news. They’ve always been a place where we can sit and have a cry.’

With the crucial help of Julie’s friends and co-organisers, Kim Crowhurst and Lia Reay, the ball is to go ahead this month.

Despite suffering from lung cancer, singer Dan is due to perform at the ball.

He said: ‘The wedding band I normally play with as well will be playing.

‘Fingers crossed I’ll be able to perform there as well.’

The ball is being held at Bay House School, in Gomer Lane, Gosport, on September 28, from 7.30pm to midnight.

It includes a three-course meal and tickets cost £35. e-mail emeraldball@live.co.uk