Testicular cancer victim meets Fry
A teenager who was diagnosed with testicular cancer has met his idol Stephen Fry at a recording of television show QI.
Ted Mackey, 15, is a big fan of the TV star and while receiving treatment for the disease read his autobiography, and watched episodes of QI and Blackadder to keep him laughing.
Make-A-Wish Foundation UK arranged for Ted and his family to meet his hero and watch an episode of QI being recorded, as part of its work granting wishes for children and young people fighting life-threatening conditions.
Ted, from County Armagh, was selected after he was diagnosed with testicular cancer last year at the age of 14.
He started feeling uncomfortable on a flight home from a family holiday in August and a few days later he told his mum Dawn he had found a lump.
After visiting the doctor he was given an emergency hospital appointment and just two days later had an orchiectomy to remove his testicle. Ted now has three-monthly checks, CT scans and chest X-rays.
As part of the wish, Ted, his mum Dawn, dad Ian and younger brother Patrick were able to watch a recording in the green room before heading backstage where they met Fry plus QI panellist Alan Davies and founder John Lloyd.
Dawn 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 during 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."
Make-A-Wish funds its wishes through donations and needs to raise £6.8 million to fund wishes in 2012. To support the charity visit www.make-a-wish.org.uk or call 01276 405060.