A PROUD dad hopes his son can celebrate his 17th birthday by winning a Sunderland Echo trophy.
Tony Bowman, 43, and his son Jake, 16, have been nominated for a Best of Wearside honour for devoting themselves to fund-raising since losing cherished wife and mother, Emma Bowman.
They set themselves a target of raising £10,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support to keep Emma’s memory alive.
So far, the total is an estimated £8,100 and that has put the pair in the running for an honour.
And if they reach the finals, there’s an added bonus. It’s the same day as Jake’s birthday on November 19, at the Stadium of Light.
When told that they had been nominated, Tony said: “I can’t believe it. This is brilliant news and I can not wait to tell Jake.
“He has been my rock during all of this. If we won, it would be the icing on the cake.”
Emma, of Lambton in Washington, was first diagnosed with cancer in 2011 after discovering a lump in her right breast. She had a mastectomy, and after getting the all-clear in October 2012, her life looked to be returning to normal.
However, just months later, it was revealed that the cancer had spread to her spine, and she died weeks after her 34th birthday.
Tony and Jake decided to give something back to the Macmillan nurses that did so much to help the family and they have been staunch fund-raisers over the last year.
Their next event is a charity night at the NE38 Sports Bar in Burnhope Road, Barmston Village, Washington, from 7pm on Saturday, November 29.
Comedian Steffen Peddie, one of the stars of the BBC2 sitcom Hebburn, will be performing, with a disco also taking place.
Tickets are £3 and can be bought by calling Tony on 07745 314168. To make a donation to the appeal, visit www.macmillan.tributefunds.com/emmabowman.
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