Dad-of-two, 34, suffers stroke after devastating brain cancer diagnosis


After suffering a stroke last month, Sam Cookson (34), is currently in hospital. He had been recovering from brain tumour surgery. Friends and family rallied behind him to raise funds

After suffering a stroke from multiple brain tumors, a father-of-two spent over a month in hospital.

Sam Cookson, a 34-year-old construction worker, received the terrible news that he had a stage 4 brain tumour in March. He had been suffering from headaches and had undergone chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

A routine check revealed three tumors, and he had a stroke and brain infection after another operation. He remains at Royal Stoke University Hospital. Stoke on Trent Live Reports

His loving family and friends have rallied together for Sam, and have staged a golf day today to raise funds for the Stoke City fan’s fiancé Hollie and their two-year-old daughter.

Brother Adam Cookson, 31, stated: “In between his regular check-ups at hospital and family life, he would get out to watch as much football as possible whether it be Sunday league or Stoke City, he just loves to watch football.

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“He was trying to get on with his life. The stroke has massively impacted him physically and mentally.

“One of the hardest impacts is that we can’t visit him. Only Hollie is able to go and visit him.

“It’s very difficult for Hollie to be the only one able to see him and to keep everyone updated. It’s a difficult situation for everybody involved because you want to try to be there for him but with the current restrictions it’s not physically possible.

“It’s still an ongoing day-to-day thing where we are trying to build up towards him getting on the road to recovery. It’s been one thing after another.

“There’s possibly a long road ahead. I can’t see it being a quick process.”

Charity golf day at 8am to 9pm. This event raises money for Sam and his families.

Adam added: “It means so much. The idea came from people who Sam grew up with and played football with. It’s people who have been there from the very beginning and they wanted to do something that will help him and his family.

“I want to say a special thanks to Tom who hardly knows Sam but has taken a leading role in organising the event.

“With all the money that is raised a donation will be made to The Brain Tumour Charity with the rest going to help support Sam and his family for the future.

“He knows his friends and family are behind him. Knowing he has got the support lifts his spirits.”

Event organiser Tom Winkle said: “It’s a goodwill gesture from his friends and family.

“I was asked by the lads who used to go to school with him if I could get involved because I’ve done one of these before. I took over the reins of organising the day.

“It’s devastating news for the family so when they asked me to help I thought it was something I’d be interested in doing.

“We’ve got different organisations involved on the day. Local businesses have inputted money to sponsor one of the golf poles.

“Everybody has chipped in and been willing to sponsor poles, donate food and prizes. The local community took it by storm.

“It’s a better response than I expected, it’s worked out really well.”

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