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Penketh family raise money for disease which killed dad
2:00pm Thursday 26th September 2013 in News
A PENKETH family are hoping to raise awareness and cash for the ‘terrible disease’ their dad and husband David Cross suffered with for the last six years of his life.
Described as a family man who loved fishing and his garden, David died in July this year after lung condition pulmonary fibrosis left him in a wheelchair needing oxygen 24 hours a day.
The 72-year-old’s family has found very little is known about the condition and want to make more aware during the charity Action for Pulmonary Fibrosis awareness week.
Wife Carol, who would have been celebrating her ruby wedding anniversary with David in January, said the loving granddad of seven and great granddad of one was often breathless and got progressively worse.
She added: “Walking 10 to 15 steps to the kitchen was like climbing a mountain for him.
“The last six months of his life he was on oxygen 24 hours a day but he never complained.
“Last Christmas he bought me lots of gifts and told me they would be the last ones he was going to buy for me but I didn’t believe him.
“He was a hard-working man who would do anything for me and his family.
“We all miss him very much.”
Fundraising efforts in the Manchester United fan’s memory have so far included daughter Jane collecting more than £600 through a tuck shop and cake and coffee morning at her employers North West Auto Trader in Bewsey.
Jane and a group of friends will also be climbing Snowdon on October 26 while friend of the family Lee Darcey is also cycling from the Trafford Centre to Blackpool this weekend in tribute to the heavy goods driver who Carol said never had days off sick.
She added: “Pulmonary fibrosis is a killer disease with few treatment options and the only cure being a lung transplant.
“Thousands of people get it and yet so few people know anything about it.
“The children know they can’t bring their dad back but they’re fighting for other people who have got the condition.”
Visit justgiving.com/Jane-Green7, justgiving.com/Sally-Anne-Darcy or for support search for Pulmonary Fibrosis UK on Facebook.
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