The staff and children of Earlyworld Nursery in Shrewsbury have raised a fantastic £3549.00 in support of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. The children’s nursery started fundraising back in May and have since run three events including a Hawaiian themed children’s party, a staff Zumbathon and a family fun day.
The team have been raising money in memory of deputy manager Selina Davies’ father Chris Parry, who sadly passed away from non-hodgkins lymphoma just recently.
Chris’s family and the staff from the nursery were proud to present Emma Jones, Regional Manager for the midlands, with a cheque for the fantastic amount they collectively raised.
Selina has kindly shared her family’s story with us below. From the family’s experience of losing Chris, they are passionate about raising awareness of blood cancers and its potential symptoms; not putting off visiting your doctor if you have been unwell for some time and the vital importance of giving blood. Please take a moment to read their story:
My dad, Chris, turned 60 last year on July 2nd 2014. He was a hard-working man, who worked as a Transport Manger of a timber yard. He was always working long hours and was always tired but simply put it down to getting older and working hard.
Last August, my dad became extremely tired and achy, so my mum made him go to the doctors and insisted that they did a blood test. Unfortunately, she had to push them to do this as they just said he had a virus.
When the results came back it showed his bloods were not at the levels they should be and it took until October to get a diagnosis. In this time, dad was deteriorating quickly and became dependent on blood transfusions. Eventually my dad was diagnosed with myelofribrosis - a rare bone marrow condition - for which we were told he would need a bone marrow transplant and that there was no other treatment.
So the search for a donor started. We finally got a match in January but a week later we were told that dad had wrongly been diagnosed and he now had high grade t-cell non-hodgkin's lymphoma. He would need a course of chemotherapy before the transplant could take place. Dad started his first course of R-CHOP chemotherapy which was sadly unsuccessful. By this time my dad was very ill in hospital on antibiotics.
We were told the next step would be an intensive course of chemotherapy, but that it had a high risk of not working as well. The family never gave up hope.
Sadly this round of chemotherapy didn't work either and we were informed that dad had just six weeks to live. We were devastated, but determined to make this last time we had with dad memorable. We decided we would care for dad at home, but he became very poorly, very quickly and three weeks later he passed away.
My mum and my sisters spent the last four days with him, not leaving the house. We laughed. We cried. But this time was so special.
Throughout all the time dad was ill I had things organised for the charity. My dad was so proud of what I was doing and told me to continue doing it for him. This I did and with huge help from my amazing work colleagues, pulled it all together and the fun day turned out to be huge success.
It has been hard writing this, but all the fundraising has helped me through losing Dad. It’s so important for people to remain positive through tough times.