Dad who beat cancer prepares for leap of faith in charity skydive

Mike Cutler
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A CANCER survivor is planning a hair-raising charity skydive to say thank you to the charity which helped him through the illness.

Mike Cutler, 59, was told he had just three months to live when doctors diagnosed him with liver cancer in 2008.

But Mr Cutler, of Battle Road, St Leonards, battled through the disease thanks to a liver transplant and wanted to do something to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support which helped him get through his ordeal. And his daughter Gemma Stevenson, who serves with The Royal Engineers, suggested he throw himself out a plane from 12,000 feet.

Mr Cutler said: “When I was put on the transplant list I did not hold out much hope, but in a couple of weeks they had found a match. But I was so ill, I couldn’t work or do anything and Macmillan helped me big time. I want to do something to say thank you.”

Mr Cutler will be doing the jump on his 60th birthday in April, and will be joined by his daughter plus his son-in-law Terry Stevenson, and sons Micky and Danny. Thanks to his family ties the jump is taking place at a military airfield and some of the money the group raises will also go to Help for Heroes, to support Gemma and her colleagues’ work clearing bombs in Afghanistan.

“It will be a new experience and I am quite excited - I am really just grateful to still be here,” Mr Cutler added.

To sponsor Mike and help him reach his £5,000 target, visit “Daddio Cutler’s Adventure Charity Skydive” on Facebook.