Family holiday is wish come true for Stephen
A FATHER with a terminal brain tumour has said a "massive" thank you to a small charity that enabled him to carry out his final dying wish.
Twenty-eight-year-old Stephen May, from Keyham, has just returned from an all expenses paid five-star holiday to Disneyland Paris with his wife Rachel and two daughters six-year-old Ella and 10-month-old Evie.
He said the trip, which was paid for by Exeter-based charity Dream-A-Way, had allowed him to "make memories that will last forever".
And the dad-of-two, who was given just two years to live after being diagnosed with a brain tumour in October, has even more reason to smile after finding out just two days before the trip that his tumour had actually shrunk.
"When I found out I had a terminal brain tumour my two dying wishes were to get married to Rachel and take the girls to Disneyland. They were my two main priorities, and now I've done both thanks to everyone's kindness, and I feel a sense of relief. I'm glad we got to do them whilst I am still well too.
"The trip to Disneyland has made memories that will last forever. And at the moment my tumour is OK too. Two days before we went to Disneyland my scan results showed that it had got smaller and I was doing better than expected. I'm off chemotherapy now and the doctors are monitoring the tumour every three months. I'm feeling really good at the moment. But I know it's never going to go. I'm still terminal."
The trip to Disneyland was initiated by Stephen's aunt, Lesley May. She said: "I love them all so much and I really wanted to organise it because they deserve it – everyone with a terminal illness, whether young or old, could do with something special.
"Dream-A-Way were just brilliant, nothing was to much trouble for them. They are just totally selfless. They've made Stephen's wish come true and I can't thank them enough for what they've done for us as a family.
"It just goes to show that there are still a few good people in the world who will always step up to the plate."
Stephen and Rachel said they are now looking to the future, making plans as they go along.
Rachel said: "Because Stephen is so well at the moment I just put things to the back of my mind and carry on as normal as I can. The news that the tumour had got smaller helped a lot too. But I know it won't ever totally go. We are now looking forward to Christmas. We are just giving ourselves goals and things to look forward to."
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