‘Tina’s Tribe’ goes to war on cancer

‘Tina’s Tribe’ goes to war on cancer

A WOMAN from Dewsbury with terminal cancer hopes to raise thousands of pounds by finishing a 5km walk for charity on Sunday.

Healthcare assistant Tina Drury, 57, of St John Street, was told on December 1 last year she could have only months to live.

On the same day, daughter Lucy, 28, found out she is pregnant with Tina’s first grandchild.

Mum-of-two Tina will take part in the 5km Race for Life at Thornes Park in Wakefield to raise funds for Cancer Research.

A team of nine friends, called Tina’s Tribe and including daughters Kelly, 30, and Lucy, will start the event with her.

Tina is not well enough to run, so she will walk most of the course but hopes to jog a little too.

She said: “I might have to be carried over the line, but I’m determined that I’ll reach the finish.”

Also in Tina’s Tribe are her best friend Anna Ignaczak and Lucy’s pal Rachael Everett.

Completing the team are work colleagues Tracey Howard, Ena Faal, Marie Morphett, Nicola Harrison and Nicola’s 10-year-old daughter Megan.

Until becoming too ill, Tina worked on Ward 6 at Dewsbury District Hospital – including caring for cancer patients.

Tina previously thought she had beaten the disease when given the all-clear four years ago.

She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006 and had a mastectomy and reconstruction surgery.

The keen runner and swimmer later began suffering pain in her pelvis, which was put down to a sporting injury.

But when treatment including physiotherapy did not work a doctor ordered scans.

It was then that Tina discovered she has bone cancer which has spread to her liver, leg, breastbone and spine.

Tina was told it was terminal, and secondary to the breast cancer she thought she had beaten.

She broke the dreadful news to her family after a visit to Eightlands Surgery in Dewsbury.

Daughter Lucy had her own announcement and Tina told The Press: “She said ‘Oh mum, you can’t leave me now, I’m pregnant’.

“There were tears and what should’ve been the best day of her life turned out not so good.”

But it proved to be a catalyst as Tina vowed she would see the birth of her first grandchild in July.

Tina said: “Having gone five months, and with the way I feel now, I hope I can reach that hurdle and then take it from there.

“It could be easy when you’re told you’ve got a terminal illness to see everything as black.

“But I’ve never felt sorry for myself. I’ve always kept upbeat and Lucy’s pregnancy gave me something to aim for.”

Tina has finished chemotherapy and today (Friday) she is due to get results from tests earlier this week.

Throughout everything, engineer husband Philip, 59, brother of publican Jane Drury, of the Woodman Inn at Batley Carr, has been the family’s rock.

Tina said: “He’s been wonderful. Sometimes people forget about the men, but it’s been hard on him too.”

It is hoped today’s test results show Tina can go on one last cruise around the Mediterranean.

Life had been tough for the couple, with Tina at times doing sewing, cleaning and barwork in addition to working at the hospital, just to pay the bills.

A redundancy settlement and new job for Philip allowed a few luxuries for the first time.

Two cruises to Turkey and Greece and one to Italy and Spain celebrated the cancer all-clear, only for the disease to cruelly come back.

So far she has raised £1,300 online for the Race for Life event, but pledges on sponsorship forms could take the total towards £3,000.

Tina said: “It’s amazing and quite humbling how generous people are. I can’t thank them enough.”

Donations for Cancer Research can be made to www.justgiving.com/teams/tinas-tribe.


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