A HEARTBROKEN dad from Killearn has paid tribute to his “beautiful and caring” daughter who died just five weeks after she was diagnosed with cancer.
Alistair Scott (58) said his daughter Kirsten (25) fought her type of incurable cancer - Metastatic Adenocarcinoma - with incredible strength and courage.
Edinburgh-born Kirsten had left her home in Kennington, London, to stay with her dad and stepmother Carmen in Killearn, when she was given the devastating diagnosis at Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert on September 20.
Her family is now going to set up The Kirsten Scott Memorial Trust, to offer financial help to people under 26 years old to travel or take part in volunteer projects which brought Kirsten such joy.
Mr Scott, a senior lecturer in film and television at Napier University, said her diagnosis was a devastating shock for everyone.
He said: “Kirsten never once complained or felt sorry for herself. Her smile was always there to the very end. Like a bright shooting star she shone, lighting up the lives of everyone who knew her.
“At just 25 years of age, she has been robbed of her whole future life by a cruel and aggressive fast-growing cancer. We feel bereft.”
Kirsten felt ill in August with stomach pain, and doctors initially thought this was due to constipation and indigestion.
She received palliative care at the Beatson Cancer Centre in Glasgow and died peacefully at Mr Scott’s home in Killearn on October 28 – less than three weeks after celebrating her 25th birthday.
Kirsten was involved in Edinburgh Youth Task Force, helping establish a Youth Council and the Scottish Youth Parliament.
In 2005, she spent six months volunteering with young children in the Peruvian Andes. She raised the money for the trip herself, working seven days a week in the months before leaving.
Kirsten travelled through Peru, Bolivia and Chile and made an unforgettable journey by motorbike from the high mountains to the Amazonian jungle.
On her return, she studied government and history at the London School of Economics and after graduating with an honours degree, joined the graduate trainee programme for Aberdeen Asset Management in London in 2008.
Mr Scott added: “Being based abroad gave her the chance to explore new places in Europe and she also managed trips to San Francisco, Egypt, Mauritius and earlier this year to Sudan.”
For the last year, Kirsten worked as global marketing executive for the company.
Kirsten leaves behind mother Moira, brother Andrew (23) and sister Rosemary (16).
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