The family of a much-loved South Tyneside dad who lost a brave battle with cancer are keeping his generous spirit alive – by passing on a legacy of hope to those sharing his determination not to give up on life.
Alan Dobson died at the age of just 32 in June, less than three months after being diagnosed with the disease.
He was a wonderful husband and a wonderful dad.Sharron Dobson
Despite his cancer spreading to his liver and lungs and doctors telling his condition was terminal, the father-of-two jetted off for Germany for pioneering cancer treatment.
Friends and family rallied round to raise more than £17,000 to fund the treatment – including a £1,000 donation from close pal Ricky ‘Hitman’ Hatton – while Alan also radically altered his diet in a bid to bolster his immune system. But Alan contracted pneumonia while in Germany, which accelerated his decline.
He died at home in Marina View, Hebburn, which he shared with wife Sharron and children Jessica five, and Charlie, one.
His funeral was attended by more than 400 people, with £700 raised on the day now being allocated to help another person in the borough raising funds for vital medical treatment.
His wife Sharron, 33, said: “He was a wonderful husband and a wonderful dad.
“His funeral was attended by over 400 people – it was a massive turnout. We have raised £700 from the funeral and are looking to find an local group raising money for someone who needs medical treatment or an individual themselves raising money for treatment, like with Alan, to give the money to.
“We want to give the money to a local person in the borough rather than to a big national charity.
After flying to the St Georg Clinic for treatment, Alan told the Gazette that he was keen to inspire others.
He said at the time: “I want to beat cancer and then inspire other people to show that until you take your last breath you should explore all the options you have.”
Sharron is keen to hear from anyone suitable for the donation via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.