MedsForMick benefit gig in The Portland Arms Cambridge to raise funds for father fighting cancer
A gig is to be held on Sunday, April 9, for a father-of-two with incurable cancer, and ticket proceeeds will go towards treatments that could give him a chance to make precious memories with those closest to him.
On November 30, 2015, Mick Weldon was rushed to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge with stomach pains. Doctors suspected he had an ulcer that had burst.
The 38-year-old underwent emergency surgery and more than 60 per cent of his stomach was removed.
Believing the problem had been resolved, Mick returned home to try to adjust to his “new internal layout”.
But he was not home for long before he was readmitted to hospital on December 26 with an intestinal blockage.
“A day later I was given the news that I actually had a rare form of stomach cancer called GIST. At the time I was told that surgical removal was the cure,” he said.
Fast-forward to May last year and, during a routine follow-up, it was found that the tumour had spread to his abdomen, liver and surrounding organs.
“It is deemed to be stage four and, as such, incurable,” Mick says on his funding page.
The original tumour had been tested and was found to be an even rarer subset of GIST called wild type SDH deficient due to a mutation in Mick’s DNA.
“Since then I have exhausted all conventional treatments available to me and nothing seems to be holding this cancer at bay. It is now quite aggressive and doesn’t seem to be following any known traits already seen with this disease,” said Mick, who lives in Cambourne with his wife Emma, 38, and teenage daughters Charlie and Rebecca.
“They’ve had to rip up the rule book. There’s no data and statistics about what’s happening. If I’m left without any drugs, this cancer goes from being docile to being extremely aggressive.”
Mick said that he is on the last sort of medication the NHS has to give and, along with his oncologist, he is searching for experimental treatments elsewhere, but these cost money.
Mick is hoping to raise £10,000 to pay for treatment to extend his life as well as create memories that will last forever. He was inspired to set up the fund after reading online about a woman in a similar situation.
Mick said: “My goal is to spend as much time as possible that I have left making memories with the people who have stood by me through all of this hardship, and to try to prepare the people closest to me for what is now an inevitability.
“Any extra time you get to spend with anybody you love is a bonus. When you’re staring down the barrel of a gun you’ll take anything, you’ll try anything, you’ll do anything.”
Mick’s symptoms include pains in his side which he describes as feeling like he is being stabbed from the inside.
“No one prepares for their own death, but watching everyone else around you suffering – that’s heart-breaking,” he said.
Mick also praised the “overwhelming” support he has received so far.
To donate online to his appeal, visit gofundme.com/h333zb-my-cancer-fight.
A benefit gig will be held at The Portland Arms on Sunday, April 9, featuring by Billy Lunn of The Subways.