For the love of Kirsty

Kirsty Winterbottom
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THE husband of a brave Sheffield woman who died after a long battle with cancer met up with the doctor who treated her - and handed over £1,500 raised in his wife’s memory.

Mum-of-three Kirsty Winterbottom died in August at the age of just 30, five years after she noticed a small lump on her scalp.

The little lump turned out to be a malignant melanoma, which eventually spread to her lungs, liver, pelvis and spine.

Kirsty - who lived in Sothall with husband David, 38 and their three boys Louis, 10, Reece, six, and Charlie, five - was determined to live her life to the full, and kept fighting to the bitter end.

And throughout her illness she raised money for cancer research, so other people afflicted with the illness would have a better chance of fighting it.

Just a month before she died Kirsty took part in the Race for Life, raising more than £1,000 for Cancer Research UK.

Her friends and family have taken on her cause, and since Kirsty died David has collected more than £1,500 in donations to the Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity.

He handed the money to skin cancer expert Dr Sarah Danson, the consultant in charge of Kirsty’s treatment for the four years until her death.

David asked that the cash go directly to Dr Danson’s research, which aims to spot trends in people who are susceptible to skin cancer and improve drugs to help treat them.

Dr Danson said: “Kirsty always wanted to do what she could to help others.

“She took part in a clinical trial looking at risk factors that mean certain people are more likely to get melanomas.

“And she trialled a new drug, Ipilimumab, which boosts the body’s immune system.

“We are a long way from a cure, but the cancer charity makes it much easier to fund this kind of research. This donation means so much to us.”

Dr Danson added: “Kirsty had a lot of treatments - but she always came to clinic every week, and was always impeccably made up with a big smile on her face.

“She once got stuck on the tram coming into clinic when it was snowing. Not many people tried to get in that day, but she was determined she was going to make it to the hospital.

“She was such a very brave lady.”

David said: “Everyone has been so generous and we are very grateful for the donations.

“It’s really good that the money will go straight to Dr Danson’s research - that’s what Kirsty would have wanted.”

He added: “Our sons are coping well. They are back at school and doing fine, they have their photographs of Kirsty in their room and are just getting on with it.”

Kirsty’s legacy continues to grow. Louis and Reece’s school, Beighton Nursery Infant School, is holding a non-uniform day next week for Weston Park.