A former Portadown man who died of cancer just a week before his 57th birthday has inspired his son to run the Belfast Marathon in aid of Cancer Focus NI.
Ryan Abraham (31) said the 26-mile run will be “like a walk in the park” after watching his dad Ronnie and two other relatives battling cancer last year.
Ronnie, who was brought up in the Woodview and Brownstown areas but lived in Antrim, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last July and died just three months later on October 17.
Said Ryan, “He had gone for a biopsy on three occasions and on the third occasion the mass was so firm the needle actually broke and the reading was inaccurate. Before another biopsy could be arranged he became unwell and had to undergo surgery to stem a massive bleed.
“Against the odds he recovered and was discharged from intensive care. Sadly this was only for a short time as his body couldn’t fight the illness. My dad’s organs began to fail on October 17 and he passed away in Antrim Intensive Care.”
Both Ryan’s granny and aunt were also diagnosed with cancer last summer, but having undergone treatment are on the road to recovery.
He said, “It’s been a tough time for the family having had three family members suffer this terrible illness and having to watch as my dad fought so hard and defied the odds time and time again.
“There is one thing that cancer has proven and that is that I have a family of fighters who I am proud of and I hope that in some small way they will be proud of me for supporting Cancer Focus NI.
“I know the money raised will benefit so many people.”