Lionhearted Blackpool boxer Brian Rose has pledged to win the world title for a woman hailed an inspiration for her brave battle with cancer.
The British Champion visited Angie Coyle – the mother of his close friend Nick Coyle – at Trinity Hospice and was so inspired he made the touching vow.
Angie, 56, has been fighting cancer for four years, and made the decision last month to stop treatment after it spread through her body to her brain.
She was admitted to Trinity Hospice when doctors believed she wouldn’t last the night. Ten days later she is out of bed, eating and drinking.
Nick, who rushed home from working on an oil rig in Asia, said: “It’s nothing short of a miracle.
“This place has given us hope and that’s testament to the people who work here.”
Brian “The Lion” Rose said: “It’s a pleasure to see someone like Angie fighting. It’s something I do in the ring but she’s a bigger fighter than I’ll ever be.
“She’s an amazing inspiration for me, so I will dedicate my next fight and the championship to her.”
Brian had a tour of Trinity and Brian House children’s hospice on Low Moor Road, Bispham, and was so impressed he has agreed to start Sunday’s Santa Dash, which is raising funds for The Gazette’s Hospice Heroes appeal.
We are aiming to raise £200,000 to help make Trinity, which opened 28 years ago, fit for the future through a massive refurbishment.
Brian, who will fight Demetrius Andrade for the WBO world light-middleweight title in the New Year, added: “Before I came here I thought it would be all doom and gloom but it’s really not – it’s a really happy place.
“The people here have such good support around them –they are really in the right place. I thought I’d come out of here crying my eyes out, but it’s set me up for the day.”
Angie, of North Shore, was diagnosed with breast cancer four years ago. After a mastectomy doctors confirmed the disease had spread to her lungs, so she underwent surgery to remove half her lung.
But the cancer had spread to her liver and her brain.
In August 2012, she was given just eight weeks to live but she defied doctors with her treatment.
She has had radiation surgery on her brain, chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
When the treatment was making her so poorly she couldn’t get out of bed, Angie decided to come off it.
Last month doctors told her there was nothing more they could do. Her daughter, Rachael, 33, said: “Mum was really bad when she first came to Trinity and the doctors didn’t think she’d live to the following day which was really tough for us. Two days later the doctor was amazed by the progress she’d made.
“Every day she is amazing doctors and staff here because she’s getting better and better.
“For mum, every day is a challenge that she has managed to conquer.”
Nick, 31, added: “We feel she is super human with the amount of strength she has. She is such an inspiration to us as a family and to everyone who knows her.
“You really can’t imagine how difficult it has been for her. She’s an absolute shining example of strength and courage.”
But humble Angie takes everything in her stride.
“I don’t feel I’m doing anything different,” she said.
“Every day I feel better.
“When I came here I was in pain. I’m not in pain any more.”
Nick has pledged to support Trinity as much as he can through charity events.
“I want to raise awareness to what happens here and dispel the stigma that hospices are just a place people go to die,” he said.
“Trinity really is a wonderful place, full of serenity, calm, loving and support and I’m convinced that’s why mum is still fighting and smiling.
“This place has given us hope, and that’s the most important thing in the world.”
To enter this Sunday’s Santa Dash – which will raise money for our Hospice Heroes appeal – visit the website www.trinityhospice.co.uk/events/santa-dash-2013