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Feb 24, 2017

Wigwam’s James Mack to Skydive for Christies

Following a successful fight against cancer, James Mack of Wigwam Hire is raising money for specialist cancer hospital The Christie by undertaking a tandem skydive.

On 8th April 2017 James Mack plans to complete a tandem parachute jump in aid of the Christie Hospital in Withington, Manchester.

James Mack has worked in manufacturing for Wigwam Acoustics since 2009 with a role that includes anything from Protect foam machining to a complete refit of the warehouse canteen. In July 2015 James was diagnosed with bowel cancer; the start of an 18 month battle with the disease.

An initial course of radiotherapy and chemotherapy was followed up by an operation in January 2016. Unfortunately the operation revealed the cancer had spread to James’s liver, which would require further surgery. In March 2016 James underwent a successful operation to remove the tumors from his liver and within seven weeks was fit enough to return to work at Wigwam.

  Christie Hospital Withington
James Mack is raising funds for The Christie Hospital, a specialist cancer treatment centre in Withington Manchester.
James Mack rings the Christie's Bell
At the end of treatment at the Christie, patients are invited to ring their bell.

After further tests the surgeons recommended a ‘belt and braces’ course of chemotherapy, a total of six sessions, each three weeks apart.

All of James's radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatment took place at the Christie Hospital in Withington Manchester. The Christie NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest cancer treatment centres in Europe and sees patients from across the UK. The Christie is also an international leader in cancer research and development, and home to the Paterson Institute for Cancer Research.

Throughout his treatment at the Christie, James would attend the hospital at 8am for each session, undergo his chemotherapy or radiotherapy before returning to work in time for the afternoon. “Working allowed me to have a sense of routine and I received lots of encouragement from my fellow work mates.”

“It’s now nearly two years since my first symptoms” explained James. “I’d like to give something back to the Christie so I’ve decided to do a sponsored tandem parachute jump. It takes place on April 8th and people can sponsor me via my Just Giving page.

“The treatment I received from the health care professionals at the Christie, Oldham Royal Hospital and Manchester Royal Infirmary has been fantastic. Without them I simply wouldn’t be here to tell my story. The continued work of all these hospitals and the ongoing research into cancer will hopefully enable more people like me get to see their grandchildren grow up.”

If you would like to sponsor James please checkout his Just Giving Page

Just Giving -James Mack

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