Jacqui’s on a dementia crusade

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A BILLINGE woman is hoping to raise awareness about a form of dementia which claimed the life of he father.

Jacqui Cannon, 47, (right) lost her father Joe, in January 2010 to Lewy Body Dementia, which she describes as “the worst bits of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease combined.”

IT Professional Jacqui has since taken over the Lewy Body Society (LBS) which she says is her father’s legacy.

Jacqui, who lives in Billinge said: “My father died just two years after he was diagnosed and I thought it right to raise awareness of Lewy Body as I had never heard of it beforehand.

“In some ways he was lucky in that he was diagnosed, thanks to the great work of Dr Kumar at Chandler House, as many people do not get the correct diagnosis and therefore do not receive the correct care.

“Dad never forgot who we were, which is why I believe Lewy Body is one of the cruellest diseases as Dad said he knew what was happening to him.”

Joe Cannon, who died aged 82, had lived in Wigan all his life and worked for many years at Chadwick’s Demolition company who were based on Little Lane. Now his only daughter has taken on the challenge of raising awareness of the condition which also affected two more of Joe’s siblings and hopes to see more and more awareness of it.

Jacqui said: “Dr Kumar has used Dad as a case study at a GP conference and the LBS has had a great boost when June Brown MBE (better known as Dot Cotton from Eastenders) agreed to be patron of the charity as her husband, Robert Arnold died from Lewy Body Dementia.

Lewy Body Dementia is the second most common cause of dementia in older people, affecting approximately 130,000 individuals in the UK together with their carers and relations.For more information on Lewy Body Dementia, for advice and help or for fund raising information visit Jacqui’s webiste www.lewybody.co.uk or email: info@lewybody.org