Saying goodbye to her two young children as she left once again to head to London, Kate Bale would tell them that she was off to fight some baddies alongside Captain America and other superheroes.
But instead, Kate (27) of Crowland, was embarking on another trip to the University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre as she fought the battle of her life to rid herself of a tumour in her right shoulder.
Living her own personal hell, Kate went from a healthy woman to suffering the ghastly ill-effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy, including the loss of her hair.
But relief finally came thanks to the Willow Foundation charity which provides special days for the seriously ill and paid for Kate, children Harley (7) and Brooke (5), and partner Jake Johnson (29) to resume their lives as a family with an exciting adventure they could all share in.
“We did not tell the kids where we were going,” said Kate.
“Then they saw Legoland and were like ‘Legoland!’ They were so excited.
“Just to go and be a normal family was amazing.
“They did that for us and it was magical.”
Kate was play-fighting in the garden when her shoulder blade came out of place, and a trip to A&E then revealed a tumour which required surgery in November to remove it. But the procedure has left Kate with limited movement in her arm.
“It’s been hell,” she said. “My kids are not used to being away from me.”
To raise money for the Willow Foundation, Whittlesey Athletic Football Club players are putting on a charity match at the Feldale Field in Drybread Road, Whittlesey on May 21, with other refreshments and a raffle included.
Kate will hope to be there to cheer on the players.
And maybe Captain America will be there too.