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Terminally Ill Man Completes Skydive

Tuesday August 20 2013

A BRAVE man who has been given between weeks and months to live has completed a charity skydive to raise money for lifesaving treatment.

Dan Moxon, 23, from Kendray, jumped 15,000ft out of a plane last Wednesday with his mum, Dawn Eastwood, 39, and friend Ashley Tate, 23, to raise enough money to travel to America for treatment in a last-ditch effort to cure him.

Dan, of Swannee Road, known as 'Super Dan' to his family, was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2009. He received a bone marrow transplant but relapsed earlier this year.

He was placed on a new drug initially but, after this caused nerve damage, he underwent chemotherapy.

While it eased the spread of the disease, it was not a cure and last month doctors said nothing more could be done.

But despite the devastating news, Daniel says he is determined to keep on fighting.

"I said to the doctor I'm not ready to put my my boxing gloves down yet. You just can't let it get on top of you," he said.

Dan and his family need to raise about £250,000 for the treatment in the US and they're looking at different options.

The Daniel Moxon Chance for Life Appeal has been set up and so far about £18,000 has been raised.

Dan wanted to do the jump before he became ill and was raising money for the Teenage Cancer Trust. He says he still wants to honour that commitment and has raised more than £600 for them.

"It was absolutely amazing, I can't really describe it," Dan said after the jump.

"It takes your breath away when you're coming down to earth. I would definitely do it again."

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Reply Posted by sid on Tuesday August 20 2013 at 10:45
DAN THE MAN. One of my best pals has just had what can only be describes as the same devastating,life changing illness. We all hear about it,but by god when it hits home its indescribable. WELL DONE FELLA.

Reply Posted by maz on Tuesday August 20 2013 at 11:48
dan is a SUPER MAN wish a could win lotto he would be top of my list keep kicking it in head dan xxxx

Reply Posted by Dawn on Tuesday August 20 2013 at 12:35
Thank you for your comments. I'm his mum and I'm so proud of him! Lets pray he gets the treatment he urgently needs and thoroughly deserves x

Reply Posted by Dawn on Tuesday August 20 2013 at 12:47
I want to just make it clear to everyone in case there is any confusion that all the money Daniel raised went to the Teenage Cancer Trust. The skydive was originally planned for last year but due to weather issues it was cancelled twice. By the time he was supposed to do it in June his leukaemia was back so couldn't go ahead at that time. Despite being in absolute desperate need of the money himself, he was adamant he still wanted his money to go to the teenage cancer trust. Daniel as everyone who knows him will vouch for would never have decided to use the money he raised for his own fund when it had already been promised elsewhere. So I decided to do the jump myself and all the money I raised has gone to Daniels appeal. Thank you everyone for your continued support and best wishes

Reply Posted by Melanie on Tuesday August 20 2013 at 16:01
My heart is bursting with pride because Daniel is my nephew. He is the most courageous person I know, not only because he was brave enough to jump out of an aeroplane to raise money for Teenage Cancer Trust when he himself is in desperate need of medical treatment that has the potential to save his life, but because of the brave and dignified way he has handled himself throughout his fight with Leukaemia. We love you Daniel, keep on fighting, we are right beside you fighting too x

Reply Posted by mick on Monday August 26 2013 at 01:51
Good luck Dan . ill say a prayer for you .

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