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Mum and daughter fight on for terminally ill John

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 06, 2014

Demi Bennett, John Dickinson, Melissa Bennett, Logan Bennett..

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THE devastating news that her dad has terminal leukaemia led Burton woman Melissa Bennett to sign up for the Race For Life with her daughter Demi.

John Dickinson, 64, was first diagnosed with the blood cancer in 2007 and has been receiving treatment ever since.

Daughter Melissa, 33, from Stapenhill, said: “Dad is on his third relapse of leukaemia and has just been told it’s terminal.

“At first we thought he might be able to have a bone marrow transplant and I went on the register in case I was a match, but we were told if he had 
the transplant he wouldn’t even have 
12 months.”

Melissa will take part in the Cancer Research UK Race For Life at Darley Park, Derby, next month with 15-year-old daughter Demi.

She said: “It was around five weeks ago that we found out it was terminal.

“We have had a few family members that passed away from cancer and the charity does need all the help it can get. Seeing somebody dear to you suffering and knowing nothing can be done is not nice to watch.”

John has just undergone another round of chemotherapy which he has twice a month.

Though the leukaemia can not be cured the treatment slows it down.

Melissa and Demi want to raise as much money as possible to help fund research into cures for cancer. They have already raised £200 in sponsorship as friends are keen to support them when they take part in the event on July 13.

Melissa said: “He is such a fighter. I donate blood regularly and am on the bone marrow register to help people like my dad.”

Hundreds of women will be taking part in Race For Life events.

Others that have signed up include a team of 10 women from the Croft Nursing Home in Stapenhill, who have named themselves Just Us Girls.

Organiser Shiast Hussain said: “Each member of our group have had either close family or friends who have been affected by cancer. It has got to be beaten one day and we hope we can contribute in our small effort towards finding a cure.”

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