AN INSPIRING dad is putting his heart and soul into a new business after losing his wife to a rare and aggresive cancer.

Andy Knott from Woodley, Reading, has opened a family business with the help of his two year-old son Sebastian.

It was always a dream of Andy's to open a specialist radio controlled toy car shop ever since he played with them as a little kid.

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To help him cope with his wife's loss, he opened Woodley Radio Controlled. 

His wife Liana passed away on June 23, 2020 from pseudomyxoma cancer which turned into teratoma cancer during the pregnancy of their son. 

Liana had developed a seven kilogram tumour in her body before she became pregnant.


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Andy said: "Sebastian was our miracle child. Liana never went down in size after she was pregnant. The size after pregnancy was caused by 14 litres of fluid produced by the cancer.

"The chemotherapy stopped working when she was meant to have another treatment done with the oncologist but it turned into something too late. She passed away on her 34th birthday.

"We really wanted to get married so we managed to do that before she died." 

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Mr Knott said it's 'hard being a single dad' but his new business Woodley Radio Controlled will be a good distraction for him and son Sebastian to bond over their love of toy cars.

He added: "I never got over Beatties closing, they used to sell packages and they always did kits you could make so we're kind of reviving Beatties and it's a coping mechanism. We've had a lot of death in the family so it's been hard but you carry on.

"One day Sebastian then might take over the business if he wants it or he can do what he wants." 

You can visit Woodley Radio Controlled in Headley Road, Woodley.