A 16-year-old Skegness boy is prepared to lay bare the scars from his own operations to raise money for a special friend who died of cancer.
Brave Dominic Forman met the late Lucy Jones, from Mansfield, in 2013, when they were patients at the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham.
I don’t care what people say about my scars. I’m proud of them.Dominic Forman
Dominic was born premature and at nine days old suffered a brain haemorrhage which left him with cerebral palsy and hydrocephalus. A few years ago, he also developed epilepsy.
His mum, Rachael, said the family was shocked when they were told of Lucy’s death.
She said: “Lucy had a brain tumour and was in hospital because she had a blocked shunt and was waiting to start chemo. She was a true inspiration and was always smiling. We only knew her a short time before she lost her fight and was taken from this world, she was only 16 and had so much to live for.
“Lucy touched Dom’s life and he treasures her memory. I’ve already done Race For Life in her memory but Dom got the idea to raise some money for a cancer charity too when he saw a Brave The Shave advert on TV.
“Throughout his life he has faced many challenges and lengthy stays in hospital and has countless scars all over his body – in particular his head following shunt operations.
“When he saw the Brave The Shave Advert on TV he said ‘Mum, can I do that?’. I said to him ‘are you sure, mate? It will show off all your scars’. He replied ‘I don’t care, I’m proud of my scars, I just want to make a difference’. This melted my heart.”
Rachael added: “He is also doing this for his Uncle Dave, who Dom calls ‘Big D’. Dave Hotchen is well-known at Skegness Rugby Club and has been diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia. He has undergone two gruelling rounds of intensive chemo.”
The Standard met Dominic and his family on what would have been Lucy’s 19th birthday. Dominic, a student in horse care at the Lincolnshire Regional Agricultural College, said: “I don’t care what people say about my scars. I’m proud of them. I wouldn’t be here without them.”
The Brave The Shave will take place at the Welcome Inn in Skegness over August Bank Holiday weekend. To donate, visit bravetheshave.org.uk/shavers/dominic-forman/