‘Highly sensitive’ boxer took his own life after his sister’s leukemia diagnosis

A talented boxer took his own life after losing his grandmother and was told that his sister suffered from leukemia. The grief-stricken family of Dan Walton marked a decade since his passing this month.

A product of Chelmsley Wood Amateur Boxing Club in Solihull, Dan enjoyed a brief stint as a professional fighter before dying on March 14, 2013. Brummie champion Frankie Gavin was among those paying tribute at the time.

Now, ten years later, Dan’s devastated mother, Maria, has honored her beloved son by starting a walk from their home in Acocks Green to her beloved Old Trafford. Maria said she wanted to continue the legacy of her Manchester United-loving son by raising money for the Mind charity.

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“It’s something I was planning to do for a long time, but I just didn’t put it together,” Maria said. “It doesn’t get any easier.”

The 56-year-old works at Birmingham airport as a security officer. He has nine other children between the ages of 16 and 35 and recounted how his tight-knit family had become a rock.


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