A young father diagnosed with a terminal illness is determined to make the most of the time he has left with his family.
Clint Houlahan was diagnosed with a very rare form of lung cancer in 2010, and doctors have given him just 12 months to live.
The 27-year-old, of Griffin Close, Huncoat, is making the most of the time he has left, and creating memories with his partner and their children. His sister Zhara said he’s now left Wythenshawe Hospital and is now at home with pallative care.
She said: “Clint has been overwhelmed by the support he’s received up to now and he wanted to thank his friends and family and the staff in the critical care unit.
“It’s a really tough time for his partner Chloe and their children, his little boy Oliver is only 21 months and his step-son is six. They want to make as many memories as possible for the four of them, they’re taking lots of pictures.
“Clint wanted to go on holiday, but he can’t fly, so they went on a cruise, just the four of them.”
Zhara said her brother, who worked as a joiner, was fit and healthy before he fell ill.
She said: “He was diagnosed with cancer in 2010 and had treatment and was in remission.
“He went back into hospital at the end of May with an infection, and spent 28 days in a coma.He had a biopsy done on his lungs and they found something called Epithelioid sarcoma.
“The doctors said he would only have a year to live.”
Zhara said she is very close to her brother, who is just 18 months older than her.
She said: “We didn’t realise how fast and aggressive this type of tumour was. He’s gone from being perfectly healthy to losing five stone and being on oxygen for the rest of his life.”
Zhara has organised a family fundraiser on Sunday, August 31 at Tricky’s in Oswaldtwistle with face painting and a raffle.
For more information or to donate visit http://www.youcaring.com/mission-trip-fundraiser/clint-family-funds/210924.