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Friends are so proud as Flint man defies odds and continues fight for life

Published date: 16 July 2017 |
Published by: Amy Sargeson 
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A 42-year-old described by doctors as “a miracle” is continuing to defy the odds after being given just days to live.

Andrew Growcott, of Flint, was diagnosed with bowel cancer five years ago and it has spread to his lungs, bones and muscles.

Ricky Nicholson, a close friend of the 42-year-old, organised a charity rugby match at Flint Rugby Club which raised money for Macmillan Cancer Support, Mr Growcott’s chosen charity.

The former world champion kickboxer, from Flint, raised £5,700 from the event which was donated to the organisation, which is one of the largest British charities and provides specialist health care, information and financial help to those affected by cancer.

The Leader reported The Gaumont Plaza in Flint also organised a private screening of movie comedy Boss Baby for Andrew and his family and friends as he had been hoping to see the film since it was first released.

His family have been so grateful for all the support Ricky and the Flint community have provided and say that despite all the odds, Andrew is continuing his fight for life.

Claire Williams, Andrew’s sister, said: “It has been amazing considering we were told he wasn’t going to make it through the night and we’re trying to get him out of bed today. He’s not been out of bed for eight weeks and he didn’t eat a thing. But now he’s eating proper meals.

”The doctors are calling him a miracle. They can’t explain what’s going on. He’s brilliant. To see what he’s like now is just amazing because it’s been a nightmare.

“It’s his niece and nephew [Claire’s children] Nicole and Ethan who are keeping him going and we’re all hoping to throw him a big party for his birthday [on July 25].

“We were told the worst by doctors and then next minute he’s eating again and looking better. To see what he’s like now is just amazing because it’s been a nightmare. He is proving them all wrong.”

Mrs Williams told the Leader Andrew is still terminally ill but doctors cannot say much about what will happen next for him at the moment as he is “proving them wrong all the time”.

She added: “He is very strong-minded and he wants to see the kids grow up. To see how poorly he was then to see how much better he is today is pretty incredible. You read about this kind of thing all the time where people overcome things despite being given days to live and we hope the same will happen to Andrew.

“We’re so happy to hear that Ricky has raised so much money and that the whole of Flint are behind him.

“People I don’t even know are coming up to me in the street and asking how Andrew is.

“As a family we’d all just like to thank everybody for their support we have been given over the last few months.”

Andrew has received a tremendous amount of support from the people of Flint and surrounding areas.

He also had his dreams come true earlier this year when Ricky set up a meeting for Andrew, who is a big fan of sci-fi films, with Spencer Wilding, the North Wales actor who plays Darth Vader in Rogue One

Ricky, who grew up with Andrew, said: “It’s fantastic for such a small community in Flint to really step up for Andrew. The generosity has been outstanding from people far and wide too.

“I think it’s because a lot of people will be affected by similar things. And it’s remarkable Andrew is coming back and in good spirits.

“I think now the doctors will be getting a specialist to have a look at him again. He’s defying the odds. I have lost count of how many times they said tomorrow will be the day and that he won’t be here by tomorrow. His courage, determination and zest for life is incredible. He’s living for every minute.

“He is so made up about how much we raised and just so grateful.

“What makes it better is the community – once you do something like this you know how much people look after each other in Flint. Even people who couldn’t afford to donate came to the rugby match to help out just so they could get involved in some way to show their support.”

If anyone wishes to donate to the cause they can still do so by calling Ricky on 07833 254793.

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