Let’s hear it for Esther Hutson, daughter of MKCPP member and throat cancer survivor Trevor Hutson and his wife/carer Sally. Esther is running the London Marathon this year to raise money for laryngectomy patients nationwide. Trevor is also a member of Head & Neck Cancer – MK and of Milton Keynes’ new group for head and neck cancer patients, The Swallows.
Trevor explains the background
“I know this is not really 100% relevant but we have a really great and long standing charity for lary’s called NALC – National Association of Laryngectomy Clubs. They are an organisation that provide information for larys and their carers. They help support Clubs and groups. They provide lots of free important accessories such as emergency wristbands, emergency cards, contacts , dvds, car window stickers etc.
Please go to their website to have a look (as they do ship worldwide) http://www.laryngectomy.org.uk/ and they are always pleased to help us all.
Our daughter Esther, on hearing their desperate plight for funding decided to run the London Marathon on behalf of all us larys who are unable to endure a twenty six mile run! We are hoping it will increase awareness of neck breathers and their plight.
Now our daughter has never run in her life (not even for a bus lol!), she has just returned to work after having our first grandson and we are rightly proud of her efforts for her dad (me) and the charity she has chosen to help all of us laryngectomees.
To have to train on a daily basis in the rain/snow/cold and dark of our winter nights pounding the pavements and pushing herself through the pain and mental barriers takes more effort and true grit that I ever had to go through as a lary (I spent most of my early time in a hospital bed!). She is a true hero and I just had to tell all my fellow larys just how proud her family are of her.
Her giving page is www.justgiving.com/fundraising/esther-hutson-london-marathon if you are able to help her chosen charity to help us all.
Thank you for reading, Trevor.”
Esther takes up the story
“Running the London Marathon is no easy feat for me – a non-runner who is 5ft in height, aged 40 and with a nine month old baby. P.E. and cross- country running were the things I disliked the most in school but this might be different, I will have a reason to do it and to finish it. I will be thinking of my dad every step of the way.
My dad – Trevor Hutson (67) from Stony Stratford – had a total laryngectomy two years ago after the doctors found a large chondrosacoma in his voice box. Facing the challenges to find a ‘new’ normal has been a struggle but with the help of our family and friends he is now getting used to living as a neck breather with a speech valve.
I’m raising money for NALC as a way of thanking them for helping my dad and to help all the other dads in the same position.
Raising awareness of neck breathers and of larys is important to us as a family. I want my son Finley (Trevor’s first grandchild) to know that being a laryngectomee doesn’t stop my dad from being the best GrandPapa there is.
We can all fight and win in our own way. It will be a challenge for me but nothing to what my dad has been through!
Please sponsor me to run the London Marathon in 2018.”