Christmas will be extra special for James Hinnigan this year after overcoming a brain tumour diagnosis.
After three challenging years for him and his family, James is spreading hope this festive season and appealing to his community to support the Brain Tumour Research charity.
James was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2015 whilst living in Australia with his partner Wendi and son Cameron. Aged 36 at the time, James chose to move his family back to the UK to live with his parents in Ashton-in-Makerfield. He underwent surgery in March 2016 and his prognosis was positive but James was unemployed and increasingly isolated as he was medically unfit to drive. James soon began to struggle with depression and anxiety all whilst being a dad to Cameron and welcoming his second child Rose.
Now, for the first time in three years, James can look forward to a truly special Christmas with Wendi, four-year-old Cameron and two-year-old Rose, free from worry and emotional challenges.
He said: “I feel like I’m back on my two feet again: I have my driving licence back, I’m working and I’m independent, my family is happy and we can look forward to a wonderful Christmas together in our own home.
“I took all these parts of my life for granted before my diagnosis but now I’m so grateful for what we have. I’m putting the past behind me but it’s important to me to give hope to people who are in the same situation I was three years ago. The future is still uncertain but there is life after a brain tumour diagnosis and things can get better.”
By sharing his story, James is helping to launch Brain Tumour Research’s Christmas appeal in the North West. He hopes his Christmas cheer will inspire others facing this devastating disease and help the charity to raise vital funds towards research into brain tumours.
Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer, yet historically, just 1% of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to brain tumours.
Andrew Pankiw, community fundraising manager at Brain Tumour Research, said: “Facing a brain tumour diagnosis can be all the more devastating at Christmas time which is why we’re extremely grateful to James for sharing his inspiring story.
“We want to give hope to brain tumour patients and their families this Christmas, and the only hope lies in research. Please help us reach our target of £5,000 and help us fund the fight.”
To donate to James’ Christmas appeal, please go to www.braintumourresearch.org