A CLOSE-KNIT family face a race against time to find funds for pioneering treatment for their dad who is battling terminal cancer.
Dad-of-six Wilf Allen, 62, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer at the end of December and was given three to six months to live.
His devastated family are now trying to raise money to send him to St Albans, Hertfordshire, for innovative injections which Wilf says could give him better health and even a cure. Around 50 of his friends and family will be taking the plunge at 11am tomorrow at a sponsored dip at Seaton Carew.
Wilf, who lives in Severn Close, Peterlee, with wife Ann, had to give up his job as a quality control manager for USG in Peterlee and is unable to afford the treatment on his benefits.
He was referred to Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital, but doctors told him his cancer was inoperable as it had spread to major blood vessels. All they could offer was palliative chemotherapy, which could extend his life by three to six months, but Wilf decided against it because of fears over effects on his quality of life.
He was given a glimmer of hope in January when he was told about bio-resonance and homeopathic treatments from a private specialist in St Albans.
Folk guitarist Wilf is also following a strict diet with homeopathic and herbal supplements.
Wilf, who is dad to Jon, 40, twins Ruth Cain and Rita McNaughton, 38, Rachel Middleton, 32, Laura Thomas, 29, and Jane Linden, 26, said: “Rather than viewing my illness as a death sentence, this made me see it more of a challenge.”
Six days of injections to boost his immune system and target the cancer have cost £2,500.
Wilf is due more treatment in June, and relatives and friends have raised around £5,700. Anyone who would like to pledge sponsorship can donate via www.gofundme.com/27679s.