Cancer battler’s wife signs up to annual charity walk

Louise and Ben Ashworth
Louise and Ben Ashworth
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The wife of a man with terminal cancer is taking part in a charity walk to say thank you to the people caring for her husband.

Louise Ashworth, 30, from Broadgate, Preston signed up for Rosemere’s Walk in the Dark to give something back to the charity that has provided care to her husband, Ben, who has terminal bowel cancer.

The former café owner spends a lot of time at the Rosemere Unit at the Royal Preston Hospital where Ben undertakes chemotherapy treatment every two weeks.

Ben, 35, was diagnosed with bowel cancer in March 2012; Louise was three months pregnant at the time.

After two major surgeries to remove Ben’s bowel and half his liver, and two rounds of unsuccessful chemotherapy, Ben was told that his cancer was terminal. However, Louise’s positive attitude shines through and they both refuse to let the cancer and treatment dictate the quality of life they can enjoy.

The pair want to show their young girls Skye, nine, Isobel, four and Heidi, 18 months how an illness like cancer doesn’t get in the way of living life and realizing your dreams.

Ben is currently in training for six marathons in six months in aid of Rosemere and three other cancer charities.

Louise said: “Ben is on his fifth round of chemo treatment so hospital trips are now a way of life for us.

“From the minute you arrive at Rosemere, you are hit by a genuine warmth and compassion from everyone. Simple things like the receptionists asking about the children, knowing their names and what they’re up to, just gives you a much needed sense of wellbeing. Ultimately, Rosemere makes it all manageable.”

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