Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

'We Wanted to Do Something to Keep His Memory Alive' Competition to Raise Cash for Cancer Charity

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

'We Wanted to Do Something to Keep His Memory Alive' Competition to Raise Cash for Cancer Charity

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Byline: Liz Walker

HE lived for a life in the clouds, away from the pressures of everyday life on the ground.

Now the mother of a model aircraft enthusiast who passed away due to testicular cancer has launched a competition to keep his memory alive.

Christopher Gradon died aged just 33, but now on the day that would have been his birthday his family are organising a model-flying contest to raise money for Marie Curie, which helped him in the last days of his life.

The event will take place on Sunday at the North East Aircraft Museum in Sunderland where a model of a Gateshead Spitfire that Christopher started building before his death is on display.

"We wanted to do something to keep his memory alive," said mum Carolyn.

"We feel that Christopher was taken from us too soon and we all miss him so much.

"He had many interests, including model airplanes and we came up with the idea of the competition that we hope to now hold every year. It would also be great to be able to raise some money to say thank you to the Marie Curie nurses."

The warehouse operative with Sage UK, who lived in Gateshead, died in January 2008 after being diagnosed with testicular cancer.

He had been to see his GP about pains in his lower abdomen, but was investigated for other conditions and by the time he was diagnosed with cancer six months down the line, he was told it was too late. …

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