Daredevil Dad skydives for brave son
Press Release Posted 06 August 2012
Father Dale Thorpe is casting aside his fear of
heights and preparing to complete his first ever parachute jump to
say thank you to The Christie who help care for his son.
Lucas with his dad Dale, mum Jodie and sister Molly
Little Lucas Thorpe, who turns two years old in October, was
diagnosed with a rare form of bladder cancer in September 2011.
After undergoing months of chemotherapy he then travelled to
America for specialist treatment with his dad Dale, mum Jodie
Rothwell, and sister Molly, five.
The 28 year old from Atherton is aiming to raise £5,000 for The
Christie, a specialist cancer centre in Manchester, where Lucas
still has regular check ups, following the skydive on Sunday 19th
Dale, who will complete the tandem jump along with two close
friends, said; "I've never done anything like this before and I'm
scared of heights, so it will be a challenge but it's for such a
"I've seen first hand what people go through when they have
cancer. People may think I'm brave to put aside my fears for a few
moments but my little boy Lucas has been so brave every single
Lucas travelled to America for Proton Beam Therapy an advanced
form of radiotherapy which can target tumours far more precisely
than conventional methods. In April 2012, it was announced The
Christie is set to bring Proton Beam Therapy to Manchester towards
the end of 2017.
Dale, a creative design manager for a menswear brand, added: "We
were overjoyed when his doctors in America confirmed his bladder
was cancer-free just a few months ago.This technology helped Lucas
beat his cancer without all the gruelling effects of conventional
radiotherapy and to have had that service locally would have made a
"I just wanted to give something back to The Christie to say
thank you and I'm planning to do something every year to raise
money as long as I am fit and able to do so."
While in America Lucas, who also has an older brother Jordan,
nine, became ill with septicaemia which affected his feet and
fingertips. Dale added: "Lucas lost most of his fingertips and also
lost the tips of his toes on his left foot and half of his right
foot. He battled through and now seeing him walk makes me feel very
proud. He is catching up quickly and his hair has grown back."
The Christie, along with its partners Central Manchester
University Hospital NHS Trust, Salford Royal NHS Trust and
Manchester Academic Health Science Centre and with support from
Manchester City Council, worked collaboratively on this Proton Beam
Proton Beam Therapy is beneficial for many child cancer cases,
but is also used to treat brain cancers, head and neck cancers and
Dale will complete his skydive as part of 'Daredevil days for
The Christie' along with almost 40 other fundraisers at Black
Knight Parachute Centre in Lancashire. If you feel inspired and
have what it takes to become a Christie daredevil visit
www.christies.org/daredevil for more information or call The
Christie charity's sporting events team on 0161 446 3400.
Lucas' family are also organising a Disney-themed fun day at
Hindsford Football Club, Tyldesley to raise money for The Christie
and Royal Manchester Children's Hospital on Sunday 26th August.
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