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Weʼre raising £10,000 to help towards Ruaridhs ongoing cancer treatment plus to give something back to charities who support children with cancer and their families

Edinburgh, UK

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Just over 5 weeks ago our world was ripped apart when we were told that Ruaridh, our 12 year old son, had Synovial Cell Sarcoma – a very rare (especially in children) malignant cancer.

The cancer was discovered following routine lab tests on what was thought to be a harmless vascular malformation which had been surgically removed from Ruaridhs chest 2 weeks previously - the results revealed that the cancer cells had been detected at the edge of the removed lump meaning not all had been cleanly removed.

The news was devastating and so began an emotional rollercoaster as a whirlwind of activity took place whilst Ruaridh undertook various tests and scans at RHSC - this was during the October break so not at all how we had intended on spending it.

After an agonising wait (which would be one of many in the weeks to follow), we were told that the scans and tests were all clear however more intrusive surgery was a necessity. Ruaridh was back in the operating theatre 5 weeks after his initial operation - this time the surgeons removed his right hand pectoral muscles (both major and minor) plus some lymph nodes from under his right arm.

The surgery went well and the surgeons ended up leaving the muscle above his clavicle knowing how sporty he was – Ruaridh had been selected to represent Scotland surfing in the British Cup but was unable to go though had been playing football for Edinburgh City 2006s the day before the operation (assisting with an amazing cross to enable his team to win through to the next round of the Scottish Cup!).

Ruaridh has made an incredible recovery with limited pain or discomfort and following another agonising wait we were told the surgery had been a success, all the cancer had been removed and that the lymph nodes were all clear!

Ruaridh now needs a 6-8 week session of Radio (Photon or Proton Beam) therapy however our oncologist is pushing for the latter due to the location the treatment is required as its less intrusive plus has less side effects – Photon therapy kills healthy cells around the area its aimed at plus passes through the body so could potentially damage his spine, ribs as well as his lungs and even his heart.

We’re currently in the midst of our next period of uncertainty whilst a decision is being made as to whether Ruaridh will get NHS approval/funding to allow him to be sent to America for Proton Beam Therapy as we don’t currently have a Proton Beam centre open in the UK – one is currently being built in Manchester however isn’t scheduled to be opened until sometime next Spring/Summer.

If the go ahead is given then the NHS will fund the treatment, accommodation and flights for Ruaridh, Martin and myself plus a small amount of living expenses however it wouldn’t fully cover our costs plus also won't include taking Ruaridhs siblings, Tamzin and Owen. This would be a horrendous blow for Ruaridh as he's very close to both his siblings and at this moment in time needs them more than ever.

Having always given to charities, we never thought we'd ever have to do any sort of fund-raising for our own family however we are going to need help to fund Ruaridhs treatment in America (assuming it gets the go ahead) and to ensure all his family are around him to help support him.

We have been overwhelmed by the generosity, kindness and support we have received from everyone and, as part of this fundraising, we would like to give something back to both Teenage Cancer Trust and CLIC Sargent who are charity funded organisation and provide amazing support to children with cancer and their families.

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  • Elaine McQueenie5 days ago
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    5 days ago

    Friday 19th Apr - 5.20am - hydration finished & all machines disconnected as the dawn chorus hits the cool morning air outside. Ruaridh finally stopped being sick @7pm last night & fell into deep sleep only wakening a couple of times during the night. When he did awaken, he said he was feeling much better so hopefully he'll get discharged later on this morning & can get home to his own bed. He'll just need to get his grippers out & hopefully not need to get them put in again until the op to remove the internal ports. Its a Good Friday indeed!

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  • Elaine McQueenie6 days ago
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    6 days ago

    Thurs 18th Apr - final bag of chemo underway - just over 2hrs to go followed by 12hrs hydration. Ruaridh slept most of yesterday asleep though was awake & quite bright in the evening & had gd appetite. He also had a gd night & slept most of this morning so final day was looking gd up until just after 1pm when he was badly sick. Hes tired & very weary now but has been such a hero through all of this taking on everything thats been thrown at him without complaint. We're all so incredibly proud of him & looking forward to getting home tomorrow.

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    8 days ago

    Tues 16th Apr - Ruaridh has coped incredibly well today despite being stuck in particularly small rm - both teenage rms are unfortunately in use - with a tv which has no remote nor any control buttons & in main ward so been pretty noisy. He's been lucky to get into 1 of the 2 teenage rms for his previous 2 UK sessions however thats 1 day down - 3hrs ifos then 4hrs nasty dox - with same again tomorrow but just 3hrs ifos on Thurs. He's exhausted now but just on hydration until next session starts @3pm tomorrow. 2 ifos & 1 dox left to go! Nite all

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  • Shoana Blackadder

    Shoana Blackadder

    Apr 22, 2019

    I wish you and your family all the strength you need to work through this difficult treatment process. I wish Ruaridh a speedy recovery , I will be thinking of you .

  • Anonymous


    Apr 20, 2019

    Thinking of you all and sending best wishes.With love George, Scott and Alison xx

  • Lee Fatrer

    Lee Fatrer

    Apr 5, 2019


  • Pete


    Mar 23, 2019

    Best wishes to all.


  • Anonymous


    Feb 25, 2019

    Praying that everything continues to go well for Ruaridh, and sending best wishes to all the family from the McTavish Clan


  • Wendy Carter

    Wendy Carter

    Feb 13, 2019

    Love xxxxx. Wendy Carter


  • Nathan Young

    Nathan Young

    Feb 12, 2019


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Elaine McQueenie

Edinburgh, UK

I'm doing what any parent would do to give their child the best life possible.

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