I have decided to participate in the 10 mile road Run for Hamish this year, even though I am about 15,186 kilometers away…travelling in Australia! The incredible Hey family are often in my thoughts and so to be able to still partake in this special community event and fundraise means a lot to me. I will be running with everyone else in Nairn, even if it will be 11pm Australia time!
One of the challenging parts about travelling so far away from home, is not being able to be there for people when they’re having a difficult time. I want all the special people in my life to know that no matter the distance, I’m always with them. I hope that fellow travellers can also relate and appreciate this.
Hamish Hey’s journey began in June 2011 when he was just 2 years old.
His first diagnosis was a metastatic alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma – a rare and aggressive soft tissue cancer. Hamish underwent months of gruelling treatment, comprising intensive chemotherapy and radiotherapy, together with a pioneering surgery called a rotationplasty, resulting in him having a prosthetic limb.
During the following few years Hamish miraculously fought on, living life as best a little boy should, but with regular checkups and extensive routine medication, primarily to control the longterm side effects of the treatment.
Then tragically, in March 2016, now aged 7, Hamish was diagnosed with a DIPG. An aggressive, inoperable tumour within the brainstem, for which there is no cure. This diagnosis was completely unrelated to that in 2011. He underwent 30 sessions of radiotherapy, but this treatment was only palliative to allow him a little more time with his loving family and friends.
Hamish passed away peacefully in his mother’s arms at home on the 20th February 2017.
'Nairn' 10 Mile Road Run in Australia
Fundraising for #TeamHamish
We want to create a special place in Nairn to thank the Community for their support.
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