06 Dec 2007

Justin Hawkins boost for Adam Panther cancer appeal

+ posted by FlamingWhopper

A GUITAR made for chart-topping glam rocker Justin Hawkins will help raise money for bone cancer research.

The £7,500 Gibson Les Paul Custom guitar has been donated by Jonny Appleton who won it in a competition.

Jonny’s close pal, Adam Panther, from Ormskirk, died from bone cancer in May.

The 19-year-old former Ormskirk School pupil dreamt of making it big with his rock band Hellhound.

But tragically in 2006, after being kicked in the leg at a gig, he developed bone cancer which less than year later ended his life.

Adam’s stepfather Chris Newsome said: “In January Adam said that when he got better he wanted to help other people with bone cancer.

“One of the things we discussed was a rock concert.

“Nothing came about because he didn’t get better.

“But after he died we had a chat with his friends and girlfriend and decided to hold a rock concert. That raised just under £2,000 and we’re currently up to £5,000.

“In 2004 Adam entered a competition through NME to win a guitar and his friend Jonny entered the same one. Jonny entered two days late and still won. He can’t play guitar so Adam was fuming about it!

“At the memorial concert he offered us the guitar for auction. When I went to pick it up it had hardly been out of its box. As far as we know it’s custom-made for Justin Hawkins from The Darkness and he still has two. But there are only eight others.”

Now the guitar alongside other rock memorabilia will go on auction in Ormskirk next week.

Chris of Pine Drive said: “Adam was loved so much by his family, girlfriend and friends and has left a huge gap in our lives. We will never recover from his loss but we can make a difference to future sufferers in his name. He was so courageous throughout his illness and deserves to be remembered for the good he did in his life and the memories he left that make us so proud.”

The auction and raffle will be at The Fiveways, County Road, on December 13 at 7.30pm in aid of the Adam Panther Memorial Bone Cancer Fund. For tickets ring Chris or Sue on 07900-033387.

Auction items also include an Aria guitar and amp donated by Sound Affects, a Slash picture donated by Art Framed, a necklace donated by Joseph’s Jewellers, a SmartNav Trafficmaster donated by Trafficmaster and a £50 treatment voucher donated by beauty Stone.

'SO GRATEFUL I HAD ADAM AS MY SON'

By Sue Newsome (Adam's mum)

ADAM was 18 when he started getting knee joint pains a couple of weeks after he went to a concert where he had been kicked in the leg.

The pains came and went for a few weeks and he began limping and the pains got worse so he went to the doctors to get it checked out. It was June 2006.

He started his chemotherapy in August and was told it was highly unlikely he would lose his leg but should count a year out of his life to get better. At mid point we were told Adam’s leg couldn’t be saved; a massive shock to everyone, especially to him.

In March he was told his mid-point scans weren’t showing the improvement they had hoped for. He decided he would prefer to have a better quality of life, as he knew it was no use, and stopped the chemotherapy.

The palliative care team told us his lungs were very bad and they anticipated he only had two-three months left to live, he didn’t want to know so we kept it to ourselves.

He was moved to a hospice whilst oxygen was arranged for in his bedroom and came home on the Tuesday.

On Friday morning, May 18, the nurses increased his morphine to try to help him get some sleep as he had hardly slept in a week. He finally went to sleep and at 7.10pm that evening Adam died with his girlfriend and I at his side. He was 19 and it was only 10 months after he was diagnosed.

His funeral was amazing he had already chosen the song he wanted playing, A Tout Le Monde, by Megadeth, and his closest friends were proud to carry him. The turnout was amazing, so many people loved him and we were so proud. Adam was one in a million and no-one will ever forget him. I am so grateful I had Adam for my son and will treasure his memory forever, we all loved him so much and life will never be the same now he’s gone. I miss him beyond belief.

A full version of this story is at www.bonecancerresearch.org.uk/storiesF.shtml

Credit: Gary Stewart, Ormskirk Advertiser | http://icseftonandwestlancs.icnetwork.co.uk

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