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Portland Woman In Charity Skydive


6:02am 6th April 2013

If you're scared of heights the last thing you would think of doing is a 10,000 meter skydive.

But that's exactly what Leanne Thornton from Portland is doing today.

Leanne lost her Dad Andrew in November to cancer and now she wants to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Trust who helped her family during his illness.

You can read more about Leanne's story here:

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Leanne's Story:

I am trying to raise as much as possible for MacMillan cancer trust by doing a 10,000 ft skydive on 6th April 2013.

The reason behind me doing this is because, in March 2012, my dad Andrew Thornton was diagnosed with throat cancer which needed six and a half weeks treatment of radiotherapy and chemotherapy, during this time I took him up to Poole 5 days a week for the whole duration.  I saw and experienced everything dad went through, the burns, ulcers, lack of energy and being unable to eat.  Without the support from Macmillan dad and our family had through the treatment, I really don't think we would have coped, they were fantastic.

 Half way through the treatment for dads neck we all received bad news that tests have shown that dad has 3 cancerous tumours on his liver.  Unfortunately he had no choice but to wait for one month after the treatment has stopped for his throat before they could start on his liver.  Every option dad was given was very dangerous and it was never going to be a cure.  The operation that he decided to undergo was a tace operation.  This is basically inserting chemo beads into the blood flow which supplies the Tumours which should then shrink them but not fully get rid of them.  Throughout this dad and the family was in constant touch with MacMillan and the guidance they gave us helped us so much to carry on with hope that everything was going to be alright.

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