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Cancer teen meets Stephen Fry with Make-A-Wish

7 July 2012

Last year, at just 14 years old, Ted was diagnosed with Testicular Cancer. Make-A-Wish recently granted his ultimate wish – to meet the great Stephen Fry!

Now 15, Ted, who is from County Armagh, has always loved Stephen Fry. During chemotherapy treatment, when he was feeling very low, it was Stephen’s autobiography, QI and Blackadder that helped get him through – they never failed to make him laugh and provided him with a focus away from his illness and treatment.

On the day of his wish, Ted arrived at the QI studio with his family – Mum Dawn, Dad Ian, and younger brother Patrick – to watch the recording of QI, before being escorted to the green room where he was able to meet his idol. Dawn said he was “in awe” when he met Stephen. Ted also met QI panellist Alan Davies and founder John Lloyd.

Ted was diagnosed in August last year after feeling uncomfortable on a flight home from a family holiday. A few days later he told Dawn he had found a lump “down there” – Dawn asked to see and Ted replied “no chance”! After visiting the doctor he was given an emergency hospital appointment and just two days later was having an Orchiectomy to remove his testicle. Ted now has three-monthly checks, CT scans and chest X-rays.

Dawn explains how Ted’s wish has given him his spark back and given the family some positive memories and stories to share. She said: “When Ted found out his wish was being granted it really helped to give him a positive focus. Our hearts burst seeing the life and spark come back on his wish – it was a good thing to come out of all the badness, a really amazing and positive experience.”

Stephen Fry said: “It was an absolute pleasure to meet Ted and an experience I’m deeply humbled by. He’s a very bright young man and a true inspiration.”

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