Cancer sufferer stages fundraiser
IT should have been the happiest time of Martin Lowe’s life.
He had married the love of his life just months earlier and the couple were trying to complete their family by having a baby.
But then his world was shattered when routine tests revealed that he had prostate cancer – aged just 40.
The Kirkheaton man went on to beat the disease and is cancer free a year on from his operation.
He and wife Jessica are now on a mission to raise as much awareness as possible about the potentially lethal disease.
They are staging a massive music-themed fundraiser tomorrow evening at Waterloo Bowling Club and hope the event will be the first of many.
The couple met six years ago through friends and got engaged at Glastonbury music festival.
They married in an intimate ceremony in Gibraltar in July 2009 and soon afterwards started trying for a baby. Jessica, 31, said: “We actually decided a year before to start trying but two months after we got married we went to see our doctor to see about fertility treatment.
“We went through testing and there was nothing untoward but then a blockage was found in Martin’s prostate.
“Doctors weren’t worried at first as this could have been caused by a number of things from inflammation to him having mumps as a child, but then he had more tests and a biopsy showed that he had cancer.
“It was such a shock. It was like I had been given a great gift to be married to Martin and that was being taken away from me.
“I was devastated to think I could lose him because he changed my life. It was also awful to see this strong man who had been in the army reduced to tears.”
It wasn’t until the following March after months of tests that Martin, who works for Virgin Media, was diagnosed with prostate cancer.
In April he underwent surgery at Spire Elland Hospital to have his prostate removed.