Sheffield woman campaigning to highlight cancer

Sarah Flint.   Sarah,William and Thomas Flint
Sarah Flint. Sarah,William and Thomas Flint
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NEIL Flint would have hated the attention.

“He was such a quiet, unassuming man, he would not have liked this,” said his wife Sarah.

But the mum-of-two - who was left a widow when Neil died last year aged just 45 - is on a mission to make sure the world knows more about the horrific disease which killed her husband.

“Not enough people know about pancreatic cancer. Even some GPs don’t know about it.” said Sarah, from Mosborough, Sheffield.

Neil was diagnosed in last July and died six weeks later from massive bleeding in his intestines. Neil, who worked in the parts department at Hatfields Jaguar, had been suffering stomach pains since the January.

Sarah, 41, a beauty therapist and Sheffield College lecturer, said: “Pancreatic cancer is very hard to detect. The doctors spent months trying to find out what was wrong.

“Everyone thought it was just gall stones.”

In July, by which time Neil was in severe pain, had lost a lot of weight, and was beginning to show signs of jaundice, doctors discovered a tumour coiled round a blood vessel.

“The nurses call it a sneaky cancer because it is so hard to find,” said Sarah.

Neil underwent surgery on his liver and was assigned to a chemotherapy programme, but tragically passed away in September.

Nearly a year later, Sarah is determined to raise awareness of the disease and funds for research.

She wants her sons William, 11, and Thomas, two, to play a part.

“I don’t want my boys growing up saying ‘poor me’ - this is a positive way for them to remember their dad.”

n Sarah has arranged fundraising events. Visit www.justgiving.com/Sarah-Flint for details.