Connor’s show of support for parents with cancer

Connor Doughty who shaved his head to raise money after his parents Donna Turney and Jason Doughty w

Connor Doughty who shaved his head to raise money after his parents Donna Turney and Jason Doughty were both diagnosed with cancer within a month of each other. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Most 15-year-olds have enough to deal with - but imagine finding out both your parents have cancer. That's the scenario which faced Connor Doughty, whose mum was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia in July, one month after his dad was found to have non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

But instead of letting it get him too down, the youngster decided to do something to show his support to his parents.

The teenager, who lives on Cedar Avenue in Spixworth, decided to shave his head to raise money for Cancer Research UK and has so far raised more than £1,700.

'When I found out about my dad I burst into tears, but we supported each other,' said the year 11 student who attends Sprowston Community High School.

'With my mum, again I was shocked, and I took it badly. It's been hard. I shaved my hair off because I wanted to show my parents I support them.'

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In addition to the head shave, the youngster organised a non-uniform day and money collection at his school, and has raised more then he initially targeted.

He added: 'My head feels a bit cold and I don't really like having no hair, but it will grow back. I am glad I've done it.'

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The youngster's mum, Donna Turney, was off work for seven weeks but has since returned part time at Start-rite shoes and will have to take one tablet a day for the rest of her life.

Jason Doughty, Connor's father, was first diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma eight years ago and it returned earlier this year, and will be attending a scan and consultation next week to find out if he is cancer free.

The teenager, who also has a 13-year-old sister Abby, does not really remember his dad's original diagnosis, adding: 'I buy flowers for mum to cheer her up sometimes.'

Mrs Turney said: 'It is unbelievable how much Connor has raised, it's overwhelming and he's done so well.

'He's so lovely and thoughtful and he texts and asks how appointments have gone. Both the children have been brave.'

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