Hyde family’s desperate plea to help cancer-suffering father
Friday 14th October 2016 @ 15:06 by Adam Higgins
Denton & Audenshaw Health Hyde News

A family from Hyde are making a desperate plea after their father was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.

Ken Mutch, 68, is undergoing treatment at a clinic in Germany in the hope they can find a cure for his life-threatening condition.

The devoted Manchester City fan was initially diagnosed in February 2015 with secondary cancer of the neck lymph nodes, with the primary cause unknown.

Ken had lymph nodes removed in the hope the cancer could be halted and also underwent radiotherapy and chemotherapy at The Christie.

What followed was months of torment for the family watching their father struggle to eat and swallow, a result of the treatment.

Thirteen months after the initial diagnosis Ken was given the all clear, but he remained concerned about a mark that had developed on his cheek.

Initially dismissed as a shaving mark, the family were shocked to discover a few weeks later it was actually the primary cause of Ken’s cancer, which had actually developed in the Parotid Gland (saliva).

Worst news followed when they were told the condition was terminal, with no guarantees about just how long Ken has left to live.

In desperation his family began to explore all avenues in the hope of finding someone or somewhere who could treat him.

They immediately started to search the internet and found The Hallwang Oncology Clinic near Stuttgart in Germany.

Here they came across testimonials from patients who had received treatment, including that of a Denton-based patient and also former Emmerdale star Leah Bracknell, herself diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Ken’s son Darren admitted after months of turmoil it could be the miracle cure they have prayed for.

Ken has already travelled to the clinic for assessment and has undergone a first bout of treatment.

The problems further down the line are just how the costs are going to be met.

“The bills that came through from the clinic was monopoly money, that’s the best way I can describe it,” revealed Darren.

“As a family we can support it to some degree but we’ve guestimated there’s going to be a £100,000 shortfall.”

On hearing the news friends have pledged their support. As a former member of Denton Golf Club, where he played for more than 30 years, there are plenty of people who have offered their support, but Darren explained they will need a lot of help in raising the money to pay the bills.

Members of Stockport Golf Club, Ken’s current club, are also looking to get involved in potential fundraisers.

There’s also the additional expense of flying out for the treatment.

Ken’s wife Pat has just spent a few days out in Germany to support her husband of almost 50 years.

It’s a difficult time for Ken, but his wife and their two children Darren and Andrea are determined to try everything.

The next few weeks and months will be critical to Ken’s chances of recovery, but, as Darren explained, they are clinging to every bit of hope.

“Hope is the magic ingredient to life and with people’s help we can give our dad the only chance he has,” he added.

Anyone wanting to donate can do so at https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/hopeforkennethmutch

By Matt Hewitt