A battling dad who is facing the fight of his life to beat cancer has a former world champion boxer in his corner.
Alan Dobson, from Marina View, Hebburn, jetted off to Germany earlier this month to undergo pioneering treatment after vowing to see-off the disease – which doctors in this country say is terminal.
Now his bid to deliver a knock-out blow to cancer has been given a major boost by his “diamond” pugilist pal Ricky “Hitman” Hatton.
The father-of-two, who celebrated his 32nd birthday at the St Georg Clinic, in Bad Aibling, Germany, on Saturday, was told there was no cure for his cancer, which has spread to his lungs and liver, when diagnosed five weeks ago.
The course of treatment costs about £25,000 – and a fundraising page set up to raise cash for the trip has raised more than £17,000, with Hatton weighing in with £1,000.
Hatton, 36, a two weight world champion, who fought both Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao during a glittering 48-fight career, said:“I have known Alan over 12 years now. I first met him when I was at a sportsman’s dinner in Newcastle.
I would like to say a huge thanks to Ricky, who has helped in every way possible.Alan Dobson
“When Alan was diagnosed I don’t think I’ve had any more heartbreaking news. It just goes to show life sometimes isn’t fair.
“I know he will battle this horrible illness every step of the way and he knows I will be right behind him every step of the way too.
Alan, who marked his birthday with wife Sharron, 33, and their two children, Jessica, five and Charlie, one, who flew in from South Tyneside on Wednesday, said: “I’m good pals with Ricky, he’s been a diamond,
“I would like to say a huge thanks to Ricky, who has helped in every way possible.”
To donate to Alan’s page, visit https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/bzPn6