PIONEERING surgery helped a terminally-ill dad stand up and walk again during the final weeks with his family.
Now the family of former mining engineer Malcolm Foster have raised hundreds of pounds for two good causes as a thankyou for the care he received.
Mr Foster, who would have celebrated his 74th birthday today, was told he would never be able to sit up again after tumour was found on his spine.
But he bravely signed up for experimental surgery at Leeds General Infirmary after a consultant said he could help.
The landmark 10-hour operation, carried out by consultant Jake Timothy, carried a serious risk he would not survive.
His daughter, Karen Noden, said: “It was a massive risk. But he just said, ‘I can’t live like this’.
“Hopefully now the surgery can be used to save a lot of people.”
Within two days Mr Foster was walking again and was treated at the Spinal Injuries Unit at Pinderfields Hospital. For almost two months he could stand up, dress himself and shave.
But just as he returned home, the cancer was found to have spread. Mr Foster died on November 26.
He was due to a attend a fundraising fashion show at Harratts Volvo dealership on Barnsley Road on March 8.
The event rased cash for Wakefield Hospice, where Mr Foster stayed for five weeks during his illness, and the Neurosurgical Education Fund, which trains doctors in treating spinal problems in the UK overseas.
Mrs Noden said: “We decided we must go ahead with it because we are just so grateful.”
Wakefield Wildcats players, the Wildcats Dolls and Pinderfields nurses modelled at the event, which raised £1,750.