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We lost dad, our best friend, to lung disease

Claire and Emma's dad died of lung disease. Claire shares their story.

I was in Zurich at the time. It was 7 August and I was in the hotel, and he called me. I remember the call from dad so clearly. He said, “they think I have lung cancer”. We thought it might be, but that call confirmed it. I was scared, shocked and upset but more than anything in the world, I just wanted to protect dad. 

As a family, we were so close. We holidayed together, ate family meals together and genuinely enjoyed each others’ company. 

Just 5 weeks later, we lost dad to lung disease. We lost our best friend.

Losing dad has been one of the most difficult things for me to deal with. I miss his humour, quick wit and positive attitude every single day. It’s like our family is missing something. It’s incomplete. While we’re living through his legacy, life will never be the same. 

I learned a lot about lung disease in those 5 weeks. I learned that when you think something might not be right, trust your instincts.

Remember that your family, friends, colleagues and the BLF are behind you every step of the way, offering support to you when you need it the most.

Dad had a cancer called mesothelioma. It affects the lining of the lungs. There’s a lack of awareness about it but the BLF has opened our eyes to all the amazing work they do for all lung-related diseases. They have funded 47 research projects looking into mesothelioma, but we must do more.

My sister and I have tried to put our energy into fundraising for that vital research. In April, we ran the London Marathon for the BLF and raised over £10,000. We’re doing our part, and you can too by helping fund vital research. 

I know how important it is to find new cures and treatments for lung disease. Research is the only way we can find new cures and treatments for diseases like the one my dad had. I know that where there’s research, there’s hope. 

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11 June 2018