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Sandra's heartache played out in soap storyline
AFTER losing her husband to pancreatic cancer an Evesham woman was surprised to see her story playing out on television.
Sandra Francis, aged 62, lost her husband Peter on December 17 last year, a year and two days after he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
Around nine months on she watched a Coronation Street storyline with remarkable similarities to her own.
In the soap the character of Hayley Cropper, played by Julie Hesmondhalgh, is dying of inopearable pancreatic cancer.
After seeing the storyline Mrs Francis, of Waterside in Evesham, contacted the programme and received a blouse worn by the actress on screen, a signed photo and certificate of authenticity, which she is now auctioning off to raise money for Pancreatic Cancer Action.
She said: “Sadly he (Peter) was inoperable. His story is very much that of the character Hayley Cropper.
“It is hard viewing for me but you want to see they are running is properly.”
Fans can bid for the blouse by contacting Mrs Francis on 01386 47840 before Monday (30).
Mrs Francis will also be marking her late husband’s 71st birthday on Friday (27) with a fundraising day at her home for family and friends.
She is hoping by telling her story people will back a call for more research into what she calls an “evil cancer” and better understand the symptoms, which include painless jaundice, weight loss, abdominal pain, late onset diabetes and untreated indigestion.
“I have had a lot of support from a group on Facebook called Families in Support of Pancreatic Cancer Awareness,” she added. “We want people to sign an e-petition to encourage the government to give more funding for research into this cancer.
“The survival rate of patients with this evil cancer have hardly changed in 40 years. Unfortunately it is a cancer which is often diagnosed too late so the awareness of symptom is extremely important.”
To sign the petition visit epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/48389
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