Captains orders – Doddington resident and football team captain beats two bouts of cancer to defy odds and return to the pitch.

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We thought we’d take a moment to share this recent article from the Cambs Times newspaper with regards to a young man from Doddington and his incredible fight and two successive cures of cancer.

It was last summer (2014) that Doddington lad, and captain of the Doddington Utd football team, Lee Barnett (22) of Doddington discovered that he had testicular cancer.

Lee was diagnosed in the August and booked in for his operation to remove his testicle the following week. The operation was successful however the doctors discovered that despite attending to the discovered cancer within a week it had already shown signs of further development and tests revealed the cancer had in fact already spread to Lee’s lungs.

The doctors were always very positive about the outcome but it meant that he needed to start a course of chemotherapy. Lee was  treated in the teenage cancer trust ward at Addenbrooke’s, which he received his final bout of treatment for in November 2014. From speaking to his family they commented on how well Lee responded to the treatment and the only real side effects were his mood swings and loss of appetite. They also commented on how amazing the staff were at the Addenbrooke’s Teenage Cancer Trust Ward throughout.

Thankfully in December 2014 Lee and his family received the news they’d been hoping for, the all clear. For Lee, although naturally delighted by the news, this was just another challenge in his road to recovery and seized the opportunity to  fight himself fit and once again return to the beloved pitch again.

When his friends a family heard of Lee’s devastating news they all wanted to whatever they could to support Lee and the team working with Lee to overcome his battle and also raise awareness of Cancer. Lee’s dad Darren and family friend and keen cycling enthusiast Matt Costall (also of Doddington) arranged a charity bike ride of the Norfolk coast as a result, which takes place this coming spring.

The event, which will see Darren and Matt cycling over 240 miles of windy coastal roads, has raised over £4,000 to date and the total continues to rise.

After weeks of daily intensive training at the local gym, Lee Barnett defied odds and returned to the pitch in a home game for the Doddington Utd in Feburary 2015, largely to a heroes welcome from fellow team mates and supporters.

Not only did Lee fight to beat cancer two bouts of cancer in his body, he also saw to defying the doctor’s odds of not being able to play football for his team again this season.

What an incredible inspiration to the world Lee is.

Over the course of the next 5 years Lee will have to have regular check-ups but the cancer itself has now gone, thanks to the very talented doctors who operated on him and to the staff at the Addenbrooke’s Teenage Cancer Trust.

If you would like to show your support to Lee’s family and friends on their charity bike ride to help raise money for the cause, then click the link below to take you to their Just Giving charity pledge page.

Just Giving – Charity Bike Ride for Lee Barnett

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4 thoughts on “Captains orders – Doddington resident and football team captain beats two bouts of cancer to defy odds and return to the pitch.

    Sheree said:
    March 13, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    Whilst I appreciate that someone has taken the time to write this article and spread the word about the fundraising, I have to say that it is not nice to read a story where half of the facts are wrong. In future, please do your research before diagnosing someone’s cancer as “almost terminal” I find it very insensitive!

      Doddington Doings responded:
      March 13, 2015 at 3:37 pm

      Hi Sheree, no you are absolutely right. We’ve only worked with the information we knew about on this and reading back we can totally understand how some of the terminology that has been used is a little insensitive.

      Please accept our apologies, the correct thing to do in this situation was contact Lee and his family prior to writing, or at least publishing the article and we didn’t on this occasion and as a result feel awful that you had to find this information in this manner.

      I will look into re-wording the article to avoid any further upset. If there are any other incorrect facts or anything you would like to add to the article please let us know.

        Sheree said:
        March 13, 2015 at 5:42 pm

        Thank you for addressing that. I really appreciate it and hope the following info will help.
        Lee was diagnosed in August and booked in for his operation to remove his testicle the following week, however it was too late and the cancer had already spread to his lungs. The doctors were always very positive about the outcome but it meant he needed to start a course of chemotherapy. He was treated in the teenage cancer trust ward at Addenbrooke’s and they were amazing. He responded really well to treatment and the only real side effects were his mood swings and loss of appetite. He finished chemo in November and then we found out he got the all clear in December. Since then he has been working so hard to get his fitness back to play football and he is really happy to be back. He still needs regular check ups for the next 5 years but the cancer has gone. He has been so good throughout the whole experience and I havnt heard him complain once!

        Doddington Doings responded:
        March 13, 2015 at 9:38 pm

        Hi Sheree,

        Thank you so much for clearing that up, I will update the article with your info. It really is an incredible journey Lee has been on and we just wanted to say a little something on the piece as he is a true inspiration to so many people. For him to be back on the football pitch in just a few months of being given the all clear is just incredible and for him to not complain once is a just amazing. What a determination!

        We would like to do another post nearer the time with regards to the charity bike ride in Lee honour just to give it another push for people to pledge and show their support but we’ll do the right thing and get in touch with those involved with that first before we do so we can have the correct details to hand.

        Thank you for being understanding on the situation and we apologise again to you and Lee and anyone else who may have found the contents of this article insensitive.

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