World Cancer Day: “Having Weldmar there takes a huge strain off the family”
Malcolm (pictured centre) is battling his third cancer diagnosis, and in the care of Weldmar
Georgia Heggs, from Crossways, has been pounding the pavements of Crossways throughout January, clocking up 62 miles precisely for her ‘Run for Malcolm’.
It’s 62 miles because Malcolm, her father-in-law, was aged 62 when he was diagnosed with cancer for the first time, so she is celebrating every healthy year of his life with a mile of her run.
So far, Georgia, pictured here with her children, has raised more than £1,500 in sponsorship for Weldmar, who are currently caring for Malcolm.
“He really is the very best grandad, and my four year old son’s best friend. He was diagnosed with bowel cancer at the age of 62, which was treatable, but then he became ill again with lung cancer. But then last year, on 29th February, he had a call from the hospital after some tests telling him to visit urgently.”
The thing is, 29th February 2020 was not just special because it was Leap Day, but because his son Darrel was getting married to Georgia. He was poorly that day, showing the symptoms of jaundice, but he told the hospital he would not miss his son’s wedding, and went in the following day instead. That was when he and the family learnt that there was a new diagnosis of pancreatic cancer.
“Weldmar coming into our family’s life has been fairly recent,” explains Georgia. “as it’s only been the last few months, and especially weeks, when he has started to deteriorate. What with everything that’s going on with Covid, we felt as if he wasn’t being treated as a priority, but Weldmar have been really good. They call every other day to check how he is and how everything is going, and will send nurses for medication and to change his syringe driver.
“It really feels as though Weldmar is offering light at the end of the tunnel, because they are the ones we can go to and we know something will be done.
“Weldmar have also been a huge help to the family, especially my mother-in-law. She and Malcolm have been married for years and were childhood sweethearts, and it feels as though Weldmar are walking beside her through this.”
“To have Weldmar there takes a massive strain off the family, because we know he’s going to be cared for in the best way. They are giving us hope.”
Pictured: Malcolm, with his sons Robert, Darrel, and Danny, and grandson Dominic
That is why Georgia decided to do something out of her comfort zone and don her running shoes throughout January.
She says, “It’s really hard, because I’m not a runner at all. I used to be able to run distances easily as a kid – but not any more as I have two children of my own! I’ve adjusted it as the month has gone on so I did about three miles every other day, and have gone from thirteen minute miles to ten minute miles.”
Georgia explains that she also set herself a modest fundraising target of £100. “When I first set out to do it, I wasn’t sure how well I would do, but within just three minutes of sharing my fundraising page I had £150! So I thought I would push the boat out and try for £500, and now it’s three times that. All of my family and friends have been very supportive and shared my social media posts. The team at Wytch Farm, where Malcolm worked at for many years, have been very generous, and thanks to the Postmaster at Premier Stores in Crossways for their support too.”
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