Adam Cattermole, MD of Derbyshire-based catering equipment repair firm Cattermole Group, has tragically lost his battle with bowel cancer.
He passed away last week at the age of just 37 after the disease spread to his lungs and abdomen, and subsequently he suffered kidney failure. Adam is survived by his wife Emma and three young children, Harry, Jacob and Rosie.
Adam was diagnosed with an aggressive form of stage 4 bowel cancer last August. The Cattermoles were advised that the prognosis was terminal, but they were told about a drug that could prolong Adam’s life that was no longer available on the NHS because it was too expensive. They created a fundraising campaign and ended up raising £62,000 towards treatment.
On the GoFundMe page, Emma sadly posted on 27 May: “Adam passed away this morning.
“I will miss him for every hour, minute and second of the rest of my life. He was so kind and thoughtful, generous and loving.
“Now begins the impossible task of living our lives without him.”
Adam was chronicling his 9 month cancer fight on both a blog and his Twitter account. One of his last tweets on 20 May reads: “Well just a quick chat with my oncologist. Says BRAF [gene] mutant usually progresses quite rapidly once the chemo stops working. So they gave me a prediction. 2/3 months. Scary times.”
One of Adam’s industry colleagues, Riccardo Scuotto, export MD of warewasher manufacturer Krupps, paid tribute: “My heart is breaking. He was a great man, a business friend and a gentlemen with fantastic manners. RIP.”