A Sheffield teacher has become father to the baby daughter he thought he would never see – after beating cancer.
Glenn Cambell, aged 37, of Greystones, needed surgery and chemotherapy after being diagnosed with testicular cancer, and had sperm frozen in case the treatment affected his fertility.
But Glenn says he will now be ‘happy for the rest of his days’ after having a baby daughter, Isobel, with his wife Danielle, 28, who fell pregnant naturally without having to use IVF.
The PE teacher at Ecclesfield School has pledged to raise awareness of his condition, and will be joined by Danielle and Isobel on a ‘March On Cancer’ in Sheffield city centre on October 11. It is being organised by Cancer Research UK.
Glenn said: “You think you’ve got a very good life and that you’re very happy with everything, but when you get cancer it makes you rethink. But having Bel was the best present I could have had.”
He first visited his GP in December 2010 with an unusual swelling following a knock to his groin. His doctor initially thought the lump was an infection, but antibiotics had no effect, so Glenn was sent for a scan which discovered a tumour.
Surgery at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital removed a testicle. Tests confirmed the growth was cancerous, but the disease had not spread.
However, because of the tumour’s size, Glenn needed a single dose of chemotherapy at Weston Park Hospital.
Glenn’s sperm was frozen before the chemotherapy.
Isobel was born in June. “I was in stunned silence when Danielle told me she was pregnant,” said Glenn.
“We were getting ready to go out to see the band the Everly Pregnant Brothers, which seemed quite apt!
“I was so thrilled. It was a terrible shock when I was told I had cancer but thanks to research and treatment I’m still here today. And now I’ve become a dad, something I never thought I could do after having testicular cancer.”
Participants in the March On Cancer will walk for 45 minutes, starting in Tudor Square at 7.30pm.
Visit www.standuptocancer.org.uk for details.