Young dad, 21, with less than one year to live aims to complete his bucket list while raising money for rare cancer charity

PUBLISHED: 09:49 17 April 2018 | UPDATED: 09:49 17 April 2018

Dan McGrath, 21, has been diagnosed with terminal cancer after being told it was just ‘acid reflux’ and plans to tick everything off his bucket list while he has the chance. PHOTO: Submitted

Dan McGrath, 21, has been diagnosed with terminal cancer after being told it was just 'acid reflux' and plans to tick everything off his bucket list while he has the chance. PHOTO: Submitted

Archant

A 21-year-old dad was diagnosed with terminal cancer only days after being told it was probably acid reflux.

Dan McGrath, 21, has been diagnosed with terminal cancer after being told it was just ‘acid reflux’ and plans to tick everything off his bucket list while he has the chance. PHOTO: Submitted
Dan McGrath, 21, has been diagnosed with terminal cancer after being told it was just ‘acid reflux’ and plans to tick everything off his bucket list while he has the chance. PHOTO: Submitted

Dan McGrath of Soham is now planning the time he has left with his wife Rebecca and their seven-month old baby.

He has created a bucket list of things he wishes to do while he has the time left, which includes having a ride on a Harley Davidson motorbike as well as meeting his football idol, Steven Gerrard.

Although he is currently being fed through a tube in Addenbrooke’s Hospital, his family are trying to raise as much money as they can to help him achieve everything on his list.

Dan McGrath, 21, has been diagnosed with terminal cancer after being told it was just ‘acid reflux’ and plans to tick everything off his bucket list while he has the chance. PHOTO: Submitted
Dan McGrath, 21, has been diagnosed with terminal cancer after being told it was just ‘acid reflux’ and plans to tick everything off his bucket list while he has the chance. PHOTO: Submitted

A separate fund-raising page has also been setup to raise money “to prevent young people getting this type of cancer [Adenocarcinoma, Signet Ring] again as it is hardly seen in people under 60”.

The page has already raised over £2,000 – doubling their modest target of £1,000.

His wife Rebecca told Dotty McLeod on the BBC Radio Cambridgeshire breakfast show: “It’s been an emotional rollercoaster for the whole family.

Dan McGrath, 21, has been diagnosed with terminal cancer after being told it was just ‘acid reflux’ and plans to tick everything off his bucket list while he has the chance. PHOTO: Submitted
Dan McGrath, 21, has been diagnosed with terminal cancer after being told it was just ‘acid reflux’ and plans to tick everything off his bucket list while he has the chance. PHOTO: Submitted

“We were told on the Sunday it was just an ulcer and on the Wednesday (March 28) we were told it was terminal cancer, it’s incurable and he has a year to live.

“We’ve had to completely adjust our lives, we live in a two-bedroom house and we’ve moved our bed downstairs because Dan can’t manage the steps.

“He wants to make the most of his life with friends and family and get thing done that he’s planned, days out with our baby and weekends away at the seaside.”

Dan McGrath, 21, has been diagnosed with terminal cancer after being told it was just ‘acid reflux’ and plans to tick everything off his bucket list while he has the chance. PHOTO: Submitted
Dan McGrath, 21, has been diagnosed with terminal cancer after being told it was just ‘acid reflux’ and plans to tick everything off his bucket list while he has the chance. PHOTO: Submitted

Talking of the future, Rebecca added: “We got married in August last year and I feel we should be together forever, that’s why we were married.

“It’s a cruel world.”

Six months ago the father-of-one was struggling to eat dinner, the food would make him sick and he’d suffer with severe stomach aches and pains.

Dan McGrath, 21, has been diagnosed with terminal cancer after being told it was just ‘acid reflux’ and plans to tick everything off his bucket list while he has the chance. PHOTO: Submitted
Dan McGrath, 21, has been diagnosed with terminal cancer after being told it was just ‘acid reflux’ and plans to tick everything off his bucket list while he has the chance. PHOTO: Submitted

The couple decided to go to Staploe Medical Centre in Soham where they were told he had acid reflux and was given tablets.

Despite the medicine, the symptoms continued and the family realised Dan was rapidly losing weight.

One evening Rebecca came downstairs to find Dan “screaming and being sick” – after calling 111 she was advised to take him to A and E.

Dan McGrath, 21, has been diagnosed with terminal cancer after being told it was just ‘acid reflux’ and plans to tick everything off his bucket list while he has the chance. PHOTO: Submitted
Dan McGrath, 21, has been diagnosed with terminal cancer after being told it was just ‘acid reflux’ and plans to tick everything off his bucket list while he has the chance. PHOTO: Submitted

They did a CT scan, ultrasound and he had a camera down his throat, this was when doctors discovered he had a large ulcer in his stomach.

The doctors took biopsies from the ulcer,

It was then they realised Dan had stage four terminal cancer.

Dan McGrath, 21, has been diagnosed with terminal cancer after being told it was just ‘acid reflux’ and plans to tick everything off his bucket list while he has the chance. PHOTO: Submitted
Dan McGrath, 21, has been diagnosed with terminal cancer after being told it was just ‘acid reflux’ and plans to tick everything off his bucket list while he has the chance. PHOTO: Submitted

To donate, visit: www.gofundme.com/adenocarcinoma-signet-ring-cancer

Most Read

Latest from the Ely Standard

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists