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Lee Haskins launches appeal for Bristol boxer

By pamela parkes, Tuesday Mar 7, 2017

Bristol boxer Lee Haskins has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise £100,000 for his friend and former Bristol boxer Dean Francis, who has “untreatable and incurable cancer”.

More than £11,000 has been raised so far for Francis, who won British, European, Inter-Continental and Commonwealth titles during his 20 year career.

According to Haskins Dean was diagnosed with cancer and has been told that the NHS can’t help him.

Lee said on the JustGiving page: “Having always been a fighter Dean has overcome the impossible in his boxing career after a shoulder injury that told him he can never box again.”

“Against all the odds he fought his way to the top again. We need your kindness and support to help Dean and his family and give him a chance to fight this illness that destroys so many lives.

Lee Haskins

Haskins said his friend inspiring boxers and youngsters in Bristol

“Dean’s only chance now faced with such a life-limiting illness is to look for alternative treatments in the hope that we can not only prolong his life, but that we can find a cure. Already, the illness has progressed quickly as Dean was first diagnosed in January.”


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Main photo: JustGiving/Francis Family

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