Monday, 27 March 2017

Mike Read Features in The Lives & Times Bowel Cancer Charity Book

To see how you can purchase the Lives & Times book, which features a chapter on Mike Read click here. All proceeds I receive are being donated to the Beating Bowel Cancer charity with over £3000 raised since the book was published.

I met up with Mike at BBC Radio Berkshire back in 2015 after he kindly agreed to be in the Lives & Times book. He will always be the great nighttime Radio 1 DJ of the late 1970s who championed the new wave guitar music that I still love to this day. But Mike is also a writer, journalist and television presenter.

For the book we talked mainly about his time at Radio 1 and about a certain song by The Vapors, which I managed to get him to send to me under slightly false pretenses. In fact, as a result of our conversation I went on to meet Dave Fenton from The Vapors for the book a few days later. 

Mike has continued to be a great support for the book since our meeting. This particular photo was not one used in the book, but for the group on Facebook I am part of, Follow the bowel cancer tie..... help with its journey, which helps raise awareness about bowel cancer.

My Mum was diagnosed with stage 3 bowel cancer in 2012. She had a successful operation to remove the tumour from her bowel, but the cancer had also spread to her lungs. She had four further operations on her lungs over the next four years, but towards the end of 2015 the cancer also spread to her brain. In spite of having CyberKnife treatment her condition deteriorated, and her final brain seizure paralysed her down one side putting her in hospital. Sadly her condition became terminal and she peacefully ;passed away on August 29th, 2016, one week after her 80th birthday.

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