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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 McQueenie2 months ago
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    2 months ago

    Ne'er 2020 - what a beautiful sunset the boys & I watched through in Troon on Hogmanay ending what has been a very turbulent year! Ruaridh still has a horrendous chesty cough but is managing to join in some family fun plus enjoy some blustery walks along the beach & inhaling the fresh Troon air. Hoping he will shake this lurgy soon & feel much better. Here's to a healthier, happier 2020 for all! Xx

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  • Elaine McQueenie2 months ago
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    2 months ago

    Xmas 2019 - Ruaridh enjoyed a magical day surrounded by most of our immediate family! It was all go & exactly how he wanted it to be. Family, fun, love & lots of party games! We also surprised him with a 2nd hand upright piano which he just cant get enough of & is quickly getting to grips with! He's currently struggling with that nasty bug which is doing its rounds! He's still to get all his childhood immunisations in the new year & his next scans arent until Feb so another 2 mths to wait. So proud of this brave strong boy! Roll on 2020! Xx

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  • Elaine McQueenie2 months ago
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    2 months ago

    Thurs 19th Dec - another milestone reached as Ruaridh enjoyed his 1st proper haircut in over a year! It was a year ago today that he started his 1st chemo session - a date cemented in all our minds. He continues to grow stronger despite the amount of bugs going round just now & is desperate to get fitter. He's finding school mentally tiring & has a lot of catching up still to do. However he's looking forward to a very enjoyable Xmas this year surrounded by family, fun & laughter. We're so proud of him! Xx

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361

  • Mary Brydon

    Mary Brydon

    Aug 22, 2019

    £10.00

  • Neil Jansen

    Neil Jansen

    Jul 31, 2019

    £20.00

  • 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

    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

    £10.00

  • Pete

    Pete

    Mar 23, 2019

    Best wishes to all.

    £5.00

  • Anonymous

    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

    £300.00

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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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