Brighouse Town Football Club will raise funds on behalf of Lane Head resident Luke Hemingway at Saturday’s home game with Lancaster City in aid of the Young Cancer Ward at St James’s Hospital, Leeds.
Luke, 22, son of Wally and Helen Hemingway and brother of Kyle, is currently half way through a nine-week course of chemotherapy after doctors gave the engineer news before Christmas that his testicular cancer which was first diagnosed last year had spread to his lymph node in the abdomen.
He had been in remission from testicular cancer and was looking forward to resuming his cage fighting and kick boxing career, when he and his family and girlfriend Emma were given the devastating news it had spread.
The specialists are saying that with Luke being a strong and fit athlete they are being able to really use a strong course of chemotherapy.
Luke, who has been told by his employers, Custom Fillings Limited of Cleckheaton, to take as much time off as he requires, says he doesn’t feel too bad apart from some tiredness and the loss of his hair.
Luke accompanied his dad Wally, former non-league and well-known local referee, to last Saturday’s Brighouse Town home game with Mossley. When club CEO Chris Lister heard the full facts of Luke’s plight he soon set about organising things for this Saturday.
“We are a family club as was emphasised when we raised over £3,000 in just over two weeks for our Ghana-born striker Ernest Boafo’s mum to have a tumour in her head removed this past year, and we have naturally just taken up the cudgel on this health problem as well,” said Chris.
“We will raise some funds for the ward and also see that young Luke and Emma can enjoy some leisure time together when he has finished this treatment with hopefully a really positive outcome.”