Vale Peter Wright

21 June 2013

It is with great sadness that we share with many in the St. Bernard’s community about the passing of Peter Wright, father of U19 Premier player, Jake Wright.

It is with great sadness that we share with many in the St. Bernard’s community about the passing of Peter Wright, father of U19 Premier player, Jake Wright and uncle to U16A player, Jack Sullivan.  Husband to Karen and father to Hannah, Pete was a big man.  Big in stature, big in personality, big voice, big presence, big heart and generous to a fault – to his family and his many dear friends, Pete will be greatly missed.

 

Peter’s sister, Carolyn, maintained an amazing blog, titled “peterwrightsprogress”.  For those of you who would like to gain an understanding of the brave battle Peter fought, please visit  http://peterwrightsprogress.wordpress.com

 

I thought I’d share with you one excerpt from Carolyn’s blog – as it’s clearly a message that Carolyn and the Wright family would like everyone to take from the tragedy of a life cut short by melanoma.

 

I’d like to bring up the big M word!!. Melanoma!!. Peter was diagnosed with melanoma when he was thirty. He had a mole on the top of his foot and had it removed. As a child and later as a teenage life saver he spent a lot of time in the sun. Pete used sunscreen but its easy to miss your feet and it wears off quickly there anyway.

 

Pete has always been high risk for Melanoma for a couple of reasons. Firstly, we have a history in our family, mum had one removed from her back in her forty’s and her brothers have had Melanoma as well. Secondly and quite significantly Peter has blue eyes and white hair!!. According to my dermatologist the fairer you are the more at risk you are. Thirdly, Peter had a Melanoma in his thirties and that put him at a higher risk for it to return later in life. Six years ago Pete found a lump in his calf. The lump was biopsied resulting in a diagnosis of Melanoma that had by then already began to spread to other parts of his body such as his groin and later his liver and brain.

 

With Melanoma, early detection is absolutely vital and getting a mole map or having a doctor and then perhaps a dermatologist look at you regularly is a good idea. Nasty moles can grow in unlikely places such as in your scalp, between your toes, under the arch of your foot and in other places on your body where you can’t see them.

 

Peters fight cannot be in vein so please pass on the message to stop and have a look at the moles on your body and get them checked out. My dermatologist was very firm in her message to me….. wear a hat, use sunscreen EVERYDAY, cover up and don’t lie in the sun!!. By doing these things I can reduce my risk and as a bonus age less!. You have to be happy with that!.

 

RIP Peter Wright.

St. Bernard’s senior club teams will wear black arm bands to honour Peter and in respect for Peter’s family and in particular U19 Premier footballer, Jake Wright – “get around him”.

 

Craig Connelly