'Wonderful, amazing' Derbyshire dad, 28, dying of cancer

A fundraising campaign has been launched to help make a dying man's dreams come true.

Tuesday, 24th October 2017, 4:57 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 1:12 pm
Aaron with his wife Jemma and children Kain, one, Logan, four, and Tyrone, two. Picture: Sarah Washbourn.

Dad-of-six Aaron Smith, 28, of Bunyan Crescent, Stonebroom, has terminal cancer.

Now his wife Jemma, 25, has started an online bid to raise £4,000 so the family can enjoy some last trips together.

Aaron also wants to fulfil one of his last wishes and go to London with Jemma to watch boxer David Haye fight.

Aaron with his wife Jemma. Picture: Sarah Washbourn.

Jemma said: "My heart is in bits.

"I love this wonderful, amazing person with all my heart."

Eight years ago, Aaron was at work when he collapsed and suffered epileptic seizures.

He was rushed to hospital and sadly diagnosed with a brain tumour and cancer before undergoing a major operation followed by a gruelling course of chemotherapy.

Aaron with children Logan, four, Kain, one, and Tyrone, two. Picture: Sarah Washbourn.

After the couple's third child was born, it was discovered Aaron's tumour and cancer had grown so he underwent another operation in September last year - but it returned.

Jemma said: "It's been a nightmare time.

"Aaron's illness is terminal and now they've put him under pain control to try and keep him comfortable.

"He stays strong all the time - it doesn't matter what is thrown at him.

Aaron after one of his operations.

"He always puts his family first no matter how bad a day he's having.

"Aaron really does have a heart of gold and always tries to make other people smile.

"He's partially blind in both eyes, he's losing feeling in the right side of his body and his memory is going.

"We don't know how long he’s got with us - it could be weeks or months."

Aaron is hospital.

Aaron is currently receiving care and support from Ashgate Hospicecare.

Jemma now wants to publicise the GoFundMe online page she has set up to bring in money for the family - www.gofundme.com/4jf1b6o.

After the trips, any remaining money will be put into trust funds for Aaron's children.

Aaron with his wife Jemma. Picture: Sarah Washbourn.
Aaron with children Logan, four, Kain, one, and Tyrone, two. Picture: Sarah Washbourn.
Aaron after one of his operations.
Aaron is hospital.