Cancer dad makes plans for last year with family

PUBLISHED: 11:00 14 January 2012

Steve Dunston and parter Rhian Temple with baby Freya.

Steve Dunston and parter Rhian Temple with baby Freya.

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A FATHER who will never see his six-month-old daughter grow up is planning a charity event for Macmillan nurses.

Steven Dunston, aged 43, of Shrubbery Walk, Weston, was diagnosed with cancer last year, just a week after he found out he was going to be a dad.

Steven had treatment but a few days before Christmas he found out the cancer had spread to his eyes.

He said: “At first I was quite adamant that I did not want any treatment. I did not want to have radiotherapy on my eyes.

“I was given two choices. If I did not have the treatment I would go blind within two months and the cancer would kill me, but having radiotherapy means I would have a 50/50 chance that I would keep my sight.”

Steven has now been told by doctors the cancer has spread to his eyes and lungs, giving him around a year to spend with his family.

He said: “I could cope with losing my sight but I have a daughter, Freya, who I want to be here for.

“I’ve got to stay strong for my family and I want to spend as much time as I can with them.”

Steven said he has had incredible support from his partner Rhian Temple, friends and from the Macmillan nurses.

Rhian, aged 31, said: “I found out I was pregnant the week before Steve was diagnosed, so it was a bittersweet moment. We have had some great support through Macmillan which has helped us focus on Freya.

“And we have stuck together through this and supported each other.”

As well as enduring further treatment, Steven is now planning a charity event, with friends, to raise money for the Macmillan cancer care charity.

They will hold the family fundraiser at the Pavilion Bar, in Upper Church Road, Weston, on January 20 and hope to get lots of bands involved, in addition to Combyne ‘Arvester, to make it a success. The Weston company Bayside Developments has also agreed to support the event.

Steven said: “The nurses have been so good with giving support to Rhian and the family that I want to raise money for them and to help other people that are going to have to go through something similar to us.”

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