A young mum of two who has an inoperable brain tumour is going to stand in Milngavie precinct for 12 hours to raise cash for Cancer Research UK.
Gillian Thomson (33) from Drumlin Drive in Milngavie plans to stand in the town centre from 8.3am to 8.30pm on Friday, October 18 to raise money for ‘Stand Up to Cancer’ a campaign which is being run by Channel 4 and Cancer Research UK to help fund the development of research into cancer. She has already exceeded her target of £500 by raising £1,260.
Gillian suffered from an epileptic fit in her bed one night and after further investigation she was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumour called ‘oligodendroglioma’ in 2010 when she was just 30 years old.
Her first thought at the time was her family - she is married to Martin (41) and they have two daughters who were very young - Fallon was three and Melissa was five years old.
Gillian said: “I was very frightened for my family.
“Your focus goes to your children and how you want to be there for them - I just felt it was something that I had to deal with and get on with things.
“I knew that I would have to live with this for the rest of my life and it’s always at the back of my mind.”
Her tumour is not safe to remove as it’s quite small and doctors have managed to keep it under control with a course of chemotherapy over 11 months.
Thanks to research carried out by Cancer Research UK Gillian took an oral drug which meant that she had much less horrible side effects and prevented her from losing her hair.
Gillian donated some of her brain biopsy to help find out if there is any family history. She also has a brain scan once a year to look for signs of change.
She added: “I’m supported fantastically by The maggies centre, Brain Tumour UK and the Beatson and I felt it’s time that I helped in return.
“Only hard cash can help Cancer Research UK find a cure. Let’s fight together to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.”
Go to Gillian’s website by typing this address into the top bar (not through a Google search) www.justgiving.com/GillianThomson2013. A percentage goes to Gift Aid.