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Inspirational family giving back to fight cancer

Joe, Grant and Pam Gunn

 
An inspirational and remarkable family are holding a country night to give back to charities that have helped them fight cancer. 
Pam Gunn, her husband Joe and her 24-year-old son Grant from Enniskillen have all been diagnosed with cancer within the past two years. 
Pam, a mother of five explains: “I was diagnosed with breast cancer, and had a full hysterectomy in September 2015. 
“In August 2016, my husband was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer – he had already had a heart transplant so an operation was risky as he only had a 10% chance of coming off the table.”
“He survived surgery but in the end, they had to stop chemo because of the effects it was having on Joe. Earlier this year, the pain returned again and scans showed that Joe’s cancer had returned, and it was terminal. 
“In June, Joe was given 12 months to live. Joe finished treatment on a Wednesday, and the following Tuesday, our son, Grant was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia.”
Grant is currently receiving treatment in Belfast City Hospital, and is responding well, and ‘taking it in his stride.’ 
Pam and Joe also have four other children – Graeme who is married to Sarah, Kim, Dale and Hayley, and one grandchild, Samuel “who is the pride and joy and getting us through everything at the minute.” 
While staying with Grant in Belfast, Pam stayed in ‘Amy’s House’ which is run by the charity CLIC Sargent NI – one of the charities who will benefit from the dance. 
“It is home from home – they have been absolutely amazing to us. Had I not been staying there, I don’t know how I would have survived without it,” said Pam.
The second charity who will benefit is Cancer Fund for Children, who work with people up to 25-years-old, and have ‘looked after Grant’s well-being’ throughout his time in hospital.
The dance is taking place (tomorrow) Monday, September 11th, in the Westville Hotel at 8pm with dancing from 9pm. Admission £10 and all funds raised is going towards the  CLIC Sargent NI and Children’s Cancer Fund NI. 
The line up includes, Gerry Guthrie, Ritchie Remo, Paul Kelly, Benn Sisters and many more. There will be a big raffle on the night including prizes such as VIP tickets to a Nathan Carter show and loads more prizes.
If anyone wants to make a donation, they can contact 07510633627. 
 

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