Darwen mum to lose 7 stone in memory of son
A WOMAN whose son died from a rare form of cancer has pledged to lose seven stone in his memory.
Paul Nixon died in November 2011, three months after being diagnosed with a sarcoma cancer in his thigh.
Since his death, his family have launched a number of fundraising initiatives to remember the 27-year-old and also to raise awareness of the disease.
Mum Lynn, of Huntingdon Drive, Darwen, said she decided to launch her ‘Shed Seven Stone for Sarcoma’ challenge in a bid to raise at least £500 for the charity Sarcoma UK. She said: “I feel like I have always been on a diet since I was about 18.
“But this time, with it being for Paul, I am more determined than ever to get the weight off.
“It is something really worthwhile because I am doing it for Paul, but at the same time it is good for me and helping others by raising awareness of sarcoma.”
Mrs Nixon said not enough people knew about sarcomas and that was something that needed to change.
She said: “When Paul first got diagnosed I had never heard of it.Sarcoma UK relies on fundraising and they don’t get a lot of money so they need all the help they can get.
“They have been really good with me and my family.”
She plans to lose weight by dieting and has already joined a Slimming World group at the Whitehall Hotel.
She said: “I have been going for five or six weeks now and I have lost 11lbs.
“We are launching a big fundraising push next year because it would be Paul’s 30th birthday, so I hope to hit the seven-stone milestone some time then.
“It is all about eating healthily and the food is quite good, so I have enjoyed it so far.”
Last year, Paul’s sister Leah did a sponsored skydive to raise money for the charity.
Slimming World group leader Marie Goulding said: “Lynn has done very well since she started coming to Slimming World and she obviously has the motivation she needs because of Paul. I wish her every success and fully believe she will achieve her goal.”
- The Lancashire Telegraph reported on Monday how Mrs Nixon is seeking an apology from the Royal Blackburn Hospital over her son’s death.
Following a complaint from the family over his treatment and an investigation from the health service ombudsman, a campaigning charity boss from Sarcoma UK labelled the probe a ‘whitewash’.
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