Dr Mark Sims

My son Mark died on Thursday 19th January this year (2017) after two years with Stage 4 malignant melanoma. (an advance and deadly skin cancer).

Throughout his illness he wrote a blog that reached a huge audience and he has to date raised £198,135 for Cancer Research UK through his Just Giving Appeal

I am currently editing the book that he wrote in the last few months of his life, based on his blog with added new material. As this progresses I will be posting information here and on Mark’s blog.

The book is now available to pre-order. Go to online shop.

I have also now created a Facebook page dedicated to the book: Facebook.com/wrestlingmelanoma

Also throughout his illness was constantly writing poems based on the experience of being Mark’s mum throughout the twenty three months of his final illness. For more about this see my entry on Sue Boyles’ Project 2017 blog I joined this project so that I would have a space to share my progress with other writers, receive feedback and share in the excitement and interest of seeing their work develop too. Writing can be lonely as much as I love it. It’s good to have writing buddies.

After Mark died, tributes poured in. These are just a few of the poetic ones:

Tributes to my son Mark Sims

A memorial walk from Bath Abbey to Swineford

On Saturday June 10th we held a memorial walk for Mark It was  organised Chris in conjunction with Cancer Research UK.

We met at Bath Abbey and walked Swineford via Kelston Round Hill, a distance of approximately 6 miles. The route followed the Cotswold Way and took most of us 3 hours. 

We had refreshments along the way provided by Gary Welsh’s family and Avon Scouts. Then gathered afterwards in The Swan Pub in Swineford.

This is the exact route Chris and Mark took on a very special day back in November  2015. By then Mark’s Dabrafenib had stopped working and he received a phone call while they were out saying that he could start Pembroluzimab, a new and innovative immunotherapy drug.So there was cause for celebration.

The walk itself raised £2000.

Mark’s appeal for CRUK is now at a staggering £181,750.