Johnny5’s Bucket List

Hi there, my name is John and I am 45 years old and just over a month ago I was diagnosed with stomach cancer and was told if I don’t have Chemo I would be looking at approx 6-8 months and if I have chemo 12-16 months.

Safe to say our world was turned upside down and I was in a dark place for a few weeks but I have pulled my big girls pants up and would love to make the most of my time left.

I have a daughter Rachel and a son Ryan and my granddaughter Harper who has just turned 1.

This isn’t just about begging or asking for kind donations to try and enjoy my final months, I would love to send out a strong message for everybody to please check yourself regular for any lumps or if something doesn’t feel right within yourself go and see a Dr straight away and get it checked out. I didn’t straight away so please don’t be a Johnny!
I always thought that something like this would never happen to me but here we are. If I can make 1 person get checked out straight away and help save a life that will be worth more than any money. I have worked hard and long hours alI my life and never claimed benefits but sadly and stupidly I have not got life insurance either. Please please if you have not got life insurance then get some as you think it will never happen to you but I can say sadly it does.

I have made a small bucket list of things I would love to do before I depart and are I hope realistic.


1. Take the kids and granddaughter to Disney in Florida - this is where most of the money I raise will go, it’s a big ask but top of my list.


2. Go watch a live F1 race, big Merc fan - this is one thing I have been saying for 5 years but never got around to it and with fans unable to attend I don’t think this is going to happen.


3. just make as many memories with the kids and granddaughter as possible and remain positive throughout.


I am not expecting to raise anything being honest as there are people out there in a far worse position than me but I can only hope.


I can only thank you in advance for reading my story and if nothing else please share just for people to get checked out and get Life Insurance.


See you on the other side!


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