Call from Trowbridge to Stand Up To Cancer

This Is Wiltshire: Mike Adams with his children Marley and Olivia Mike Adams with his children Marley and Olivia

A Trowbridge widower whose coping with grief blog is helping people across the world is calling for the public to get involved with the Stand Up To Cancer campaign.

IT manager Mike Adams, 35, launched Clearly Positive to help him cope with the death of his wife, cosmetic nurse Helen, 34, in March, following a long battle with breast cancer.

The website, which offers guidance to others dealing with bereavement, has attracted thousands of views since launching.

Mr Adams and his two children, Olivia, five, and Marley, three, are now supporting Stand Up To Cancer, which will see a series of events taking place nationally next Friday, raising funds for charity Cancer Research UK – see www.standuptocancer.org.uk.

Mr Adams, of Lotmead, Staverton, said: “This is something very close to my heart and of course I’d love to get out and do a big fundraiser but it’s difficult as I have such a young family. I’m going to try my best to do something but I’ll keep supporting it through Clearly Positive.”

Mrs Adams was diagnosed with her illness in August 2009, when she was pregnant with Marley.

She gave birth in December 2009, and completed her cancer treatment in 2011, only for the illness to return later that year, with it worsening in 2012.

Mr Adams said: “Clearly Positive has helped me and I’ve also been contacted by people all over the world who it has benefited.

“My wife was a very positive person, just like me, and I think she would be very proud of what we have been doing.”

Mr Adams said he is in talks about writing a book inspired by the experiences he and his wife shared, as well as setting up Clearly Positive.

Figures show that every day 83 people in the South West are diagnosed with cancer and the Stand Up To Cancer campaign aims to find a cure for the illness.

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