Model Arsenal fan to climb three peaks to save 'terminal' dad
PUBLISHED: 13:00 05 October 2014
An Arsenal-mad model will climb to the highest points of England, Scotland and Wales in 24 hours to try to save her father from terminal cancer.
Jules Wheeler, 35, grew up on the terraces at Highbury with her father Ken, who recently discovered he has stage three lung cancer.
Doctors have told Mr Wheeler, 69, that all they can do is shrink the cancer with radiotherapy – but his daughter wants to raise enough money to take him to Germany and try a holistic approach, which has led to remission in some cases.
To raise the £15,000 needed for the trip and treatment, Miss Wheeler, former Arsenal goalkeeper Lee Harper and two others will be taking on the three peaks challenge – climbing Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scafell Pike in the Lake District and Mount Snowdon in Wales in one day on Friday, October 10.
Miss Wheeler, who is currently living with her father near Chapel Market, said: “I’ve never done anything like this before.
“My friend had mentioned doing it next year but then my dad got diagnosed a week later and I was like, ‘let’s do it now’. He nearly died from chemotherapy treatment here so we have decided to try to raise the money for treatment in Germany. It’s a natural cancer treatment and has a good cure rate.”
The treatment in Germany includes techniques such as oxygen therapy, colonic irrigation and a raw food, low sugar diet which starves the cancer.
Miss Wheeler moved in with her father to help him eat more healthily but through friends they know of others who have survived worse cancers due to the immersive experience they had in Germany.
“In January he got a pain in his chest and it just got worse,” said Miss Wheeler. “My dad’s old school, he would never complain about pain – he once had a broken arm and didn’t say anything.
“By the time he went to the doctors about it they said it was to far on. They said all they could do was shrink it, so this is the only option we have to get rid of it.
“A friend of ours was given three months to live with pancreatic cancer and he’s now fully recovered because he did the same thing.”
So far Miss Wheeler, who is a well-known model and TV presenter, has managed to raise more than £2,500 but needs much more if she is to give her father his last chance.
The George pub in Holloway is holding a benefit night for Mr Wheeler on Saturday from 8pm.
n To sponsor Miss Wheeler go to bmycharity.com/JulesWheelerAndFriends