Back on drums as Gerry fights big C

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Gerry Hunt behind the drums at his fundraising gig. Picture: THOMAS KELSEY Buy this photo Gerry Hunt behind the drums at his fundraising gig. Picture: THOMAS KELSEY

CROWDS of well-wishers paid tribute to drummer Gerry Hunt with a standing ovation as the lymphoma sufferer took to the stage on Saturday for the very first time since his relapse a year ago.

The 62-year-old musician surprised spectators and his own family by performing alongside his sons and fellow Shred bandmates Jamie and Darren at a concert held at the Rodbourne Cheney Working Men’s Club to raise funds toward alternative medical treatment.

Gerry, of Wroughton, was diagnosed with follicular non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2011 before entering remission in early 2013. But by August of that year he was told the cancer had returned.

Three weeks ago, despite an aggressive course of chemotherapy and stem cell transplant, the drumming teacher was told by doctors they had exhausted all options and he was given two to four months to live.

Gerry’s family immediately started an appeal for funds to cover the cost of alternative therapies not yet available on the NHS.

Thanks to the generosity of Swindon residents and the popular concert, the campaign has so far raised close to £3,000 – £2,000 of which have already been used to pay for six months of homeopathic treatment to boost Gerry’s immune system.

Last month, the thought of Gerry, who was unable to eat and had difficulty moving, performing in front of a 200-strong audience would have been unimaginable.

“To see him play was just amazing,” said his daughter-in-law Lindsay, 34.

“It was emotionally charged because the last time he played was last July. His little grandchildren were dancing.

“Gerry was tired but I think all the support he has received gave him a boost, and the strength to go on.”

The mother-of-two from West Swindon added: “Gerry has already embarked on an alternative treatment with Timothy Part, a homeopath from Chippenham, and we have been able to cover a six-month course of treatment, which cost £2,000, with the money donated.

“I can’t get over the fact that it’s all happened in the space of three weeks.”

Lymphomas are cancers of the lymphatic system, which forms part of the body’s immune system.

His son Jamie, 34, said: “While dad is strong and positive and showing signs of improving, we want to move forward. He is showing energy and he is managing to eat, which he wasn’t able to do at all. The concert was a great opportunity for people to show their support face-to-face.”

And there have been new developments on the NHS front as a new drug, Pixantrone, has now been introduced, which should help prolong his life and give the Hunts valuable time to explore private cancer treatments.

To make a donation to Gerry, visit www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/gerry-wants-to-kick-cancers-ass-/167901

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9:30am Mon 5 May 14

Morsey says...

Here's hoping for that miracle!
Here's hoping for that miracle! Morsey
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3:51am Tue 6 May 14

ChristyRedd says...

What a wonderful thing for his family and the community of Swindon to have done. I am sure that homeopathic treatment could do nothing but help Gerry Hunt. Best wishes to him and his family. Thanks to the people of Swindon.
What a wonderful thing for his family and the community of Swindon to have done. I am sure that homeopathic treatment could do nothing but help Gerry Hunt. Best wishes to him and his family. Thanks to the people of Swindon. ChristyRedd
  • Score: -7

11:52pm Fri 9 May 14

Bristol Mark says...

Homeopathy? God, please stop giving that charlatan your money. It's £2000 of sugar pills. Spend it on a kick-**** holiday instead.

(And watch all the American homeopaths and cult members arrive now. Already got the first.)
Homeopathy? God, please stop giving that charlatan your money. It's £2000 of sugar pills. Spend it on a kick-**** holiday instead. (And watch all the American homeopaths and cult members arrive now. Already got the first.) Bristol Mark
  • Score: 3

12:08am Mon 12 May 14

skepticat says...

£2000 for six months of homeopathy, which cannot possibly affect Gerry's immune system or anything else. That's serious charlatanry.
£2000 for six months of homeopathy, which cannot possibly affect Gerry's immune system or anything else. That's serious charlatanry. skepticat
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