In 2008, having undergone a bowel screening test, Fylde Coast Band Leader, Bill Barrow was devastated when the test revealed that he had inoperable bowel cancer.
There followed numerous tests – endoscopies, CT, MRI and PET scans followed by intensive chemotherapy, radiotherapy and major surgery.
Bill won his battle against cancer thanks to the treatment he received at the Windmill Centre at Blackpool’s Victoria Hospital and at Preston’s Rosemere Cancer Unit. However, the doctors acknowledged that his recovery was also due to his physical fitness from years of sports activity and his extremely positive attitude linked to his strong Christian Faith.
In celebration Bill recorded a CD of dinner jazz, the proceeds of which have been donated to Rosemere Cancer Foundation and Macmillan Cancer Support, both of which organisations played such important roles in his recovery.
Bill continued playing his music throughout his ordeal and can now be heard regularly with his own bands at venues throughout the North West; he has broadcast several times on BBC Radio Lancashire speaking of his ordeal and playing with his Quartet. He also appears regularly with the Wyre Levee Stompers and The Jazz Knights
On Saturday 27th October, as part of the campaign currently being run in Fleetwood by the Bowel Cancer Screening Programme, Emmanuel Church will be featuring Bill Barrow and his great friend, top cabaret artiste Jack Anthony in ‘Saturday Night Live’, an evening which will feature music of various genres, anecdotes and humour relating to Bill’s time as a professional sports coach, his personal battle with cancer and his life as a jazz musician.
The concert will take place at Emmanuel Church, Elm Street, Fleetwood starting at 7.00 p.m. Admission will be by donation to Rosemere Cancer Foundation and refreshments – tea, coffee etc. will be available. There will be a number of cancer charities and organisations, including North Lancs Health Trainers, represented at the event with available information and advice.
The following morning, Sunday 28th October, Emmanuel Church, at its 10.30am morning service, which is open to all, will be remembering those who have, or who are, experiencing cancer whether as patients, carers, friends or family. The service lays emphasis on the Church’s care for the community and is intended to provide comfort and reassurance for those affected by cancer.
As part of the ongoing campaign, between 1st October 2012 and 15th February 2013, North Lancs Health Trainers will be available to visit local groups, community centres, libraries, supermarkets and GP surgeries to speak about the signs, symptoms and benefits of early detection of bowel cancer.
Anybody who would like the Trainers to visit their venue to speak to employees, volunteers or members or would like further information should contact
N-compass NorthWest Ltd on 01253-362140 or visit their web-site www.ncompassnorthwest.co.uk