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Terminally ill father donates bucket list cash to charity to make son proud

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A father with terminal cancer is donating his bucket list cash to charity so his two-year-old son can be proud of him when he grows up.

Luke Tormey’s pals raised nearly £4,000 after doctors at London’s Royal Marsden told the 28-year-old he had just months to live.

But he turned down holidays in the Maldives and lessons with rally drivers to help the cancer hospital where doctors tried everything so Max could see him grow up.

Speaking from hospital, Luke, of Crowborough, East Sussex, said: “My world was turned upside down when I realised I’d never see Max grow up. That’s why I’m giving all the money away. Max is my entire world.”

Luke, who cares for Max with his former partner, will split the cash between The Royal Marsden Hospital, The Pickering Cancer drop-in Centre and Taylor Made Dreams Charity.

He said: “I can’t put into words how touched I was when they set up a GoFundMe page.

“When Max’s friends ask about me, I want him to stick out his chest and say his dad did his bit to make the world a better place.”

"Max knowing I fought for him and being proud of how I lived my life is more important than anything else.

"That's why I'm giving all the money away."

Luke added: “Max being proud of how I lived my life is more important than anything else.”

Luke was first diagnosed with cancer when he was aged 20, after cells were found in a lump on his head.

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He's had it six times since – and was being treated for cancer of his lungs when doctors found the recent tumours.

He was days away from re-admitted for lung treatment when he became ill while watching the sunset at Ashdown Forest with sister Rachel Whiting, 30, and his nephews, Sonny, seven, and Charlie, six.

He started slurring, and initially the family thought he was playing a joke, until he collapsed, leaving Rachel begging him not to die, on August 3.

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