Liam Griffiths dead and obituary, Cancer-stricken man passed away

A young man with terminal cancer says his dream would be to ride the North Coast 500 route with his father before he dies.

Liam Griffiths believes he could have been saved if he hadn’t tried to be brave and ignore the symptoms.

The 31-year-old, from Middlesbrough, decided not to make a fuss and move on, as he was self-employed and needed the money.

He underwent surgery, but was stunned to learn that doctors had told him the surgery had not worked and that his cancer was terminal.

The chemotherapy treatment available on the NHS is no longer working for Liam and he is now paying for private treatment, scans and drugs to prolong his life.

With the help of his friend Eve Bannatyne, daughter of Scottish Dragon’s Den star Duncan Bannatyne, they have raised over £18k for Liam on JustGiving.

The former oil rig worker wants to encourage other people to pay attention to their bodies and seek help as soon as possible.

Liam said: “Not getting checked sooner is the biggest mistake I’ve ever made. They found my cancer at advanced stage three, but if I’d gone to see the doctors sooner they might have caught it.

“I was self-employed and I needed the money, so I kept going. I did what I thought a man should do. He was being brave.”

At first he was told that he probably had Crohn’s disease, an inflammatory bowel disease.

But the following month he received a call from doctors who asked him to go to the hospital immediately.

There they told him that he actually had peritoneal cancer and that he would need chemotherapy treatment.

Liam said: “As soon as they told me to bring my mum, Susan, I knew. I don’t even remember the trip to hospital, I’ve blocked out the trauma. I remember asking my doctor what my life expectancy would be like and he said no. He wanted to give me a timeline of when my life could end, because he doesn’t want me to focus my entire life on that.

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