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