Appeal to help 'the kindest' Fenland man who is fighting for his life against cancer
Friends and family of Fenland dad diagnosed with stage four lung cancer have launched a fundraising appeal to help buy essential medical equipment.
For two years Dave Wright, 47, has been complaining of back ache and was backwards and forwards to the doctors. However, last month the pain was so bad he ended up in A&E at Addenbrookes' Hospital in Cambridge, where he was eventually diagnosed with cancer of the spine and lung.
His wife, Dawn, a support worker for vulnerable adults in Chatteris, said: "The pain had been going on for a couple years and he was diagnosed with a trapped nerve, but no matter what treatment the pain never went away.
"He had all sorts of tests and scans and the cancer was never picked up. The pain was so bad back at the end of October that he was taken to Hinchingbrooke Hospital by ambulance. But after an ultra-sound scan and blood tests he was diagnosed as having trapped wind and was sent home with some Buscopan.
"The next day the pain was still bad so he went for some pain management to Addenbrooke's and that's when they broke the news that Dave had cancer.
"We know what we're dealing with, we are under no illusions about this. But David is determined to fight. He has already had an operation to remove the tumour, now he is facing 10 days of intensive radiotherapy followed by chemotherapy.
"He is a delivery driver for Argos and is only entitled to Statutory Sick Pay, which is just £94 a week, which is making things very hard for us. I don't drive and so we are relying on other people to get him to hospital appointments.
"David has always worked and was also a support worker for vulnerable children and adults for many years before changing jobs. He is a kind and caring man and he needs all kinds of equipment to make his life easier while he is going through treatment. He especially needs a motorised bed, which is the main aim of the appeal.
"But it is also going to be hard financially to pay the bills while he is off work so some of the money raised will go towards helping with that. The cost of travelling to and from Cambridge is not cheap and car parking is astronomical too. We don't like to ask for help, but we have little choice.
"Any donation will be massively appreciated and we won't be able to thank people enough for supporting us at this very difficult time."
David's niece Neive Lee, who set up the Gofundme page, said: "He is the kindest man, he goes out his way for others and doesn’t want anything back in return. He loves his family unconditionally. He means the world to us, his wife hasn’t left his side, now and for the last 26 years. whilst he was at hospital, our home felt so strange, too quiet. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this. #Pray4Dave"
To donate visit Gofundme.
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