The devoted son of a woman who died from pancreatic cancer has recorded a song inspired by her to help research into the illness.
Ryan Boyle from Leeds lost his mum Mena Byrne last July, just three months after she was diagnosed.
Before her death, she urged Ryan to follow his singing dream and now he is about to release his self-penned song about her.
“After losing my mum, I thought my whole life had been ripped apart,” he said.
“I didn’t know were to turn or what to do but I knew I had to give something back in loving memory of my mum.”
Ryan’s mum was recovering from an operation when she started having chest pains and an MRI scan showed she had pancreatic cancer, which had spread to her liver.
Despite undergoing chemotherapy, the 54-year-old from Chapel Allerton lost her life just a few days after marrying her partner Paul Egan.
Afterwards, Ryan vowed to help research into pancreatic cancer, which is known as the ‘silent killer’ as often it is not diagnosed until too late.
He contacted Maggie Blanks, who set up the charity Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund after losing her husband to the disease, and decided to fundraise for its work.
A X Factor-themed night last year was a huge success and now Ryan is hoping his new single will raise even more.
Ryan said: “My song will touch a lot of people’s lives in many ways. It has beautiful words and is very meaningful.
“Heaven’s Treasure, my debut single, will be released on May 26 and every penny I earn from this will go to pancreatic cancer research fund in tribute to my mum.”