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Tydd St Mary cancer survivor says thanks at Wisbech concert

Mike Wallace from Tydd St Mary, with his Stratocaster and Gibson Les Paul ANL-150824-074336009
Mike Wallace from Tydd St Mary, with his Stratocaster and Gibson Les Paul ANL-150824-074336009

A man who has battled against cancer is hoping to give something back by putting on a concert.

Mike Wallace was due to have a routine knee operation in August last year but was in fact diagnosed with a 6cm tumour in his oesophagus.

The Tydd St Mary man lost half of his stomach during an 11-hour operation and underwent 18 weeks of chemotherapy.

But within weeks of being told the cancer had gone, Mr Wallace, 68, is setting himself another challenge of singing at a charity concert in The Angles Theatre, in Wisbech, on Friday, October 2.

Mr Wallace, who “retired” from a band at the age of 19, will be singing songs he penned about his cancer journey with friend Tommy Loose.

The pair, who will also be launching an album, will be raising money for the Oeosphago-Gastric Cancer Team at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, along with the Macmillan Cancer Unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King’s Lynn.

Mr Wallace said: “ The people who treated me were wonderful to both me and my wife Lin.

“We have the best health service in the world. My surgeon would come into see me four to five times a day and even came in on a Saturday to check on me after my temperature went up.

“The treatment I have had from these people has been brilliant and I want to put something back.”

Mr Wallace was due to go into Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital last year but his blood count was found to be low during pre-operative tests.

Despite having two units of blood, the problems persisted and Mr Wallace was booked in for further assessments at North Cambs Hospital, when the tumour was discovered in his oesophagus.

Mr Wallace was then transferred to the QEH under consultant Hugh Warren. He was also assigned two nurses.

He said: “What was wonderful was how they looked after my wife.

“Having cancer is not a pleasant experience but they made it a hell of a lot nicer.”

He was also transferred to Edward Cheong and his team at Norwich.

Here Mr Wallace had his operation which removed half of his stomach, along with 34 lymph nodes, but only two were found to be infected.

Mr Wallace said: “I was lucky to get the best team in the country.”

Mr Wallace penned songs throughout his journey and will be performing them along with music from the 60s onwards at the concert, which will start at 7pm for 8pm. Tickets are £10 from 01945 474447.He and Mr Loose will also be launching their CD, When I Found Out, which costs £5.

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