They’re lighting the way in memory of dad

McCormick family from Lowton and family friend Richie Birch get set to Shine for Cancer Research UK accompanied by footballing legend Bryan Robson. (left to right: Richie Birch, Jessica McCormick, Bryan Robson, Amanda McCormick and Alex McCormick).
McCormick family from Lowton and family friend Richie Birch get set to Shine for Cancer Research UK accompanied by footballing legend Bryan Robson. (left to right: Richie Birch, Jessica McCormick, Bryan Robson, Amanda McCormick and Alex McCormick).
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THE FAMILY of a Lowton man, who died of pancreatic cancer, walked through the night in his memory at Cancer Research UK’s Shine Manchester event.

Jessica McCormick, 18, took part in the night-time walking as a tribute to her dad, Edward, with her mum Amanda, 43, and sister Alex, 19.

After meeting footballing legend and cancer survivor, Bryan Robson, the Lowton family completed the course in four and a half hours.

Taking part alongside them was cancer survivor and family friend Richie Birch, who has been successfully treated for the same cancer that killed Edward who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in January 2009.

Despite having treatment, he died in August 2011 at the age of 62.

Amanda, a nurse, said: “Edward was only 59 when he was diagnosed, and he was such a young man in spirit.”

More than 3000 walkers completed the night-time full or half-marathon route in a spectacular array of lights and glow-in-the-dark accessories.

For information or to make a donation, visit www.shinewalk.org