Dad’s head for heights inspired by little Lucas

Lucas with his dad Dale, mum Jodie and sister Molly

Lucas with his dad Dale, mum Jodie and sister Molly

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A GRATEFUL dad is overcoming a fear of heights to do a parachute jump to say thank you to the hospital which helped his little son beat cancer.

Little Lucas Thorpe, who will be two 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 advanced radiotherapy with his dad Dale, mum Jodie Rothwell, and sister Molly, five.

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.”

Now, Dale, 28, of Atherton is doing the sky dive on August 19 aiming to raise £5,000 for The Christie, the specialist cancer centre in Manchester, where Lucas still has regular check ups.

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. 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 day.

“We were overjoyed when his doctors in America confirmed his bladder was cancer-free just a few months ago.”

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. I just wanted to give something back to The Christie to say thank you and I’m planning to do something every year.”

Join in a Disney-themed fun day at Hindsford Football Club, Tyldesley to raise money for The Christie and Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital on Sunday, August 26. Or to sponsor Dale who will skydive as part of ‘Daredevil days for The Christie’ at Black Knight Parachute Centre visit www.justgiving.com/christiesjump4lucas