Britain's Got Talent Star Allan Finnegan Given 12 Months to Live After Cancer Diagnosis

Written by Henrik Rothen

Feb.08 - 2024 1:10 PM CET

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Britain's Got Talent Star Allan Finnegan Given 12 Months to Live After Cancer Diagnosis.

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Allan Finnegan, a former Britain's Got Talent contestant known for his stand-up comedy, who faces a profound challenge far beyond the stage lights. Finnegan, a Baptist minister who captured hearts during the 2020 series of the popular ITV talent show, reaching the semi-finals, has been confronted with a life-altering diagnosis.

At 56, the beloved father of two and grandfather embarked on a medical journey two years prior when issues with his eyesight led him to seek medical advice. The diagnosis was dire: tumours in both eyes, with one being identified as the rare cancer ocular melanoma.

Despite undergoing treatment in the hope of combatting the disease, Finnegan was recently informed that the cancer had progressed beyond treatable means. The news that followed was as heart-wrenching as it was unimaginable: an estimated 12 months to live.

In an emotional account to the Liverpool Echo, Finnegan shared the profound impact this news has had on him and his family.

"Watching my wife and kids cry, seeing other people cry, that makes me more emotional," he reflected, revealing the deep emotional toll the diagnosis has taken. His outlook on life has undergone a significant transformation, with family time becoming his utmost priority.

"Faith probably is important but not as important as people think. It’s made me think about time and time with my family," Finnegan expressed, indicating a shift in his perspective towards the value of moments spent with loved ones.

Finnegan's battle with cancer has also cast a shadow over his passion for comedy. The effects of his treatment, coupled with the loss of his ability to drive for a period, led to the cancellation of his bookings and a dwindling confidence on stage.

"I’ve only done 10 gigs in two years and they’ve been ones I can’t get out of like fundraisers. I can’t say I’ve given up but I’ve sort of shied away," he admitted, highlighting the impact of his health struggles on his comedic career.

His journey from the stage of Britain's Got Talent to battling a terminal illness showcases the resilience of the human spirit and the importance of cherishing every moment with those we hold dear.

Allan Finnegan has launched a Go Fund Me campaign to raise funds for the second round of cancer treatment. As of this writing, £54,000 ($68.000) has been raised. You can support the campaign here.

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