Monday 24 September 2018

Dad with cancer records loving video messages for his young daughters

Aine Fox

A cancer-stricken father has spoken movingly of his plan to leave video messages to his young daughters to give them comfort should he succumb to the disease.

Steve Durrant, from Portishead near Bristol, was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2014 and has been told he may have just 10 years to live.

The 40-year-old said: "I've seen the thing that's going to kill me and I have very little control over when it happens. I can control what I do in the immediate future for my family, though."

The father-of-two said of his daughters: "Unfortunately, at three and seven years old, I won't be here for a large part of their developmental years. It's going to be tough when we have to tell them what's going on.

Undated handout video grab issued by Cancer Research UK of Steve Durrant, who was told he has a brain tumour and may only have ten years to live, with his wife Liza and their daughters Isobel, seven and Phoebe, three. Cancer Research UK/PA Wire
Undated handout video grab issued by Cancer Research UK of Steve Durrant, who was told he has a brain tumour and may only have ten years to live, with his wife Liza and their daughters Isobel, seven and Phoebe, three. Cancer Research UK/PA Wire

"I plan to make a series of videos to tell them how much I love them and how much they mean to me. Give them something to look back on that isn't going to be too painful for them."

The marketing manager is currently training for a half marathon and helping Cancer Research UK raise awareness of the need for further research and treatments for the disease, as part of World Cancer Day on February 4.

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