Mum-of-three to skydive in memory of ‘brave’ husband

Amanda and David Vandenbegin, SUS-140429-110923001
Amanda and David Vandenbegin, SUS-140429-110923001

A widowed mother-of-three is taking on a skydive to raise money for the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity in memory of her brave husband who passed away last year.

Amanda Vandenbegin and seven others will be jumping from a plane to raise funds for the charity that treated Amanda’s husband, David, after he was diagnosed with a very rare form of the disease called Mediastinal Germ Cell Cancer with both lung and brain metastases in March of last year.

David was given just a 50 per cent chance of survival as he underwent 12 weeks of intense chemotherapy and four weeks of whole brain radiotherapy.

Sadly, he died in October last year aged just 29.

Amanda said, “My husband was so brave. He fought so hard.

“In September, we were told that there wasn’t anything else they could do for David. Three weeks later, on October 14, David passed away at home in my arms. This has turned mine and our family’s world upside down. We are devastated to have lost such a kind, beautiful, amazing man.”

Amanda and David had three children together – two sons aged six and eight and a four-year-old daughter.

The group is also raising money for the children’s cancer hospital at the Royal Marsden and a two-year-old girl called Lilly Mae, who’s currently receiving treatment for a rare form of liver cancer.

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