A devoted husband who lost his beloved wife to leukaemia is hosting a ‘Love Life, Love Music’ concert in her memory.
Steve Gahagan, 57, from Riversedge Road, Leyland, is hoping to raise awareness of the devastating effects of blood cancer after his wife Christine died last year.
He said: “It was February last year and we’d both been feeling under the weather, but Christine had a cold sore and she booked a blood test at the doctors.
“Later that month she was diagnosed with leukaemia and it was just the last thing we ever expected.
“She was so fit and well; we had been walking in White Coppice with the dogs the week before, so the possibility of her having a serious illness wasn’t even on our radar.
“She started chemotherapy and responded really well for the first four weeks, but it was very aggressive treatment and on the fourth treatment, she didn’t respond well.
“I was there at hospital with her every day, but it got to the point where she was so weak and poorly, she couldn’t even speak.”
It was just seven weeks after the devastating diagnosis that Christine lost her battle with cancer, at the age of 59.
The mum-of-two had been with Steve for 30 years, and they got married just a few years before she passed away in April last year.
Now, Steve is hoping to raise some money for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research with a special concert he’s holding in Leyland this weekend.
He also wants to put a smile on people’s faces, and remember the happy times he spent with Christine.
“I lost my wife to this terrible illness,” he said. “But I believe that life should be lived to the full and music is a way of lifting your spirit.
“This evening will be full of music and laughter and hopefully together we can make a difference by raising money for Leukaemia research.
“Blood cancer isn’t usually at the forefront of people’s minds – it’s usually lung or breast cancer people know more about, but leukaemia and lymphoma can affect anyone.”
The evening will include songs from Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables, and there will be music from a barbershop quartet, children, and Steve himself (who sings in a church choir) before a Prom Finale.
It takes place at St James’ CE Church on Slater Lane, Leyland, on Saturday at 7.30pm.
Tickets are £5 for adults, free for children, on the door.