A SCHOOLBOY whose mum died after battling cervical cancer has vowed to do something in her memory.
Mum-of-three Roxanne Houston, from Ribbleton, near Preston, died in June last year, aged just 27 years old.
St Catherine’s is something Roxanne used to support, I know she would be proud
Roxanne was the third member of her family to die from cancer in just three years.
Now her 11-year-old son Liam is organising a sponsored bike ride on the Guild Wheel in his mum’s memory and to raise cash for St Catherine’s Hospice.
St Anthony’s Primary School pupil Liam, was encouraged to do something following his mum’s brave battle after her friends started fundraising.
Roxanne’s sister Lyndsey, 31, from Ingol, near Preston, said: “He has done really really well. I am so proud of him.
“St Catherine’s is something Roxanne used to support, I know she would be proud.”
The death of care home worker Roxanne was the fourth death to rock the family in a three year period. In May 2011 her grandmother Jean Hanson died of breast cancer at St Catherine’s Hospice, aged 80.
In May the following year her mum Avril Carroll also died of breast cancer, aged 51.
And in 2012 her grandad Bill passed away.
Roxanne, who also left twin girls Kiera and Chloe Hucks, aged six, had previously battled skin cancer when she was 21.
She had malignant melanoma which was removed but then when she was around 24 she found out she had cervical cancer.
Sister Lyndsey explained: “She had chemotherapy and radiotherapy and a radical hysterectomy. She got quite unwell with chemo, they had to stop her chemo early.
“They said there was a chance it would come back, it was an aggressive form of cancer.
“She was fine then in August 2013 she started getting pains in her legs, they thought it could have been sciatica or arteritis.”
Gradually Roxanne got worse and she underwent tests.
Last April doctors came across a shadow and Roxanne was rushed for a scan, where a reoccurrence of the cancer was discovered, this time in the pelvis.
Roxanne’s mobility became very limited and her family ordered her a wheelchair, she then began chemotherapy again. Doctors then found a hole in her bladder, which may have been caused by the pressure of the tumour, or previous treatment.
Mum-of-two Lyndsey continues: “On June 20 last year she was losing blood, her partner called an ambulance. She had a scan to see what had happened, they got the scan results a couple of days later, the tumour was aggressive and growing, the tumour was breaking away and poisoning her blood.”
Roxanne was given just weeks to live and moves were made to get her a bed at St Catherine’s Hospice, but in the end she wasn’t well enough to be moved. She died on June 28.
The charity Guild Wheel bike ride will take place on May 10 and around 25 people are expected to take part including friends and family and players from Liam’s football team Ribbleton Blacks under 11s.
Lyndsey said: “Some of Roxanne’s friends who she went to school with did a walk from Blackpool to Preston to raise money in her memory.
“When they did that my nephew said he wanted to do something in his mum’s memory. He plays football for a Sunday league team he was speaking to his manager about it and he said why don’t we all do something with the adults and friends and make a day of it. We decided on the Guild Wheel, they can all get on their bikes and there’s more chance of everyone keeping up together. The football team has been brilliant with us.”
She added: “Roxanne was a quiet person, she was very positive and very strong, she worked in a care home, she was a very caring person.
“Her plan was to do children’s nursing, she had started at university but then fell pregnant with the twins her plan was to go back when they got older.”
So far Liam has raised more than £1,000. To sponsor him visit: http://www.justgiving.com/Lyndsey-Houston1.