Dad fundraises as daughter fights leukaemia
PROUD dad Gary David was left devastated when his youngest daughter was diagnosed with leukaemia at the end of June.
But the 51-year-old from Bishop's Cleeve is determined to help others, while 24- year-old Sophie Braddock undergoes chemotherapy.
Gary is organising a fundraiser in aid of cancer charity Linc in a bid to help other patients suffering from similar conditions and said he has been overwhelmed by people's generosity.
Sophie, from Up Hatherley, was feeling unwell but had no idea it was something so serious until she was diagnosed.
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The former student of Bournside School has undergone her first of four bouts of treatment, which has seen her hospitalised and lose her hair. But Gary, a chauffeur, said cancer at such a young age has not put Sophie off fighting.
He said: "She is the youngest of my three girls and when we found out it was just a complete shock.
"She has been so positive and strong.
"Most people her age would just shrivel up at the thought, but she has been a real fighter.
"She was always very shy as a child, but she turned into a bubbly, full-of-life and very outgoing adult. She is just such a special person.
"As a parent, no matter what age your children are, you just want to make everything better and do all you can for your children.
"As they get older you know all you can do is be there for them.
"There has been a few tears recently and she has had her ups and down, but she is very positive and a fighter."
During the family's troubles Gary has put his mind to raising awareness and cash for leukaemia suffers.
Gary, with the support of his partner Nettie Majic, 45, Sophie's husband Dan, 24, who she married in November 2011, and her sisters Laura David, 26, and Gemma, David, 28, will be arranging Linc Fest at the King's Head in Bishop's Cleeve on August 23 from 5pm.
The event will include music, a barbecue, an auction, raffle, sumo-wrestling, bouncy castle and possibly karaoke. Gary said: "Organising the event has really helped me focus on something positive – not just for Sophie, but for everyone suffering.
"I cannot believe how generous people have been. It has just been phenomenal. The value of the things we are auctioning must be about £1,500 and that is fantastic."
Anyone is welcome to come along to the event. Contact Gary on 07973 796151 to donate an auction prize.