LOSING a beloved parent is every child’s worst nightmare - but this was the heartbreak faced by 12-year-old Bearsden girl Lisa McQuater.
Just over three months ago, she lost her mum Joan, who succumbed to an agressive form of breast cancer aged just 46, following an agonising three and a half year battle.
Lisa and the rest of her family - sister Hayley (16) brother Scott (21) and dad Gordon (47) - were devastated.
But the Baljaffray Primary pupil has found strength in her sorrow and is now channelling her energies into raising funds to help find a cure for the killer disease.
Lisa decided to join 16,000 other runners and take part in the 5k Cancer Research UK Race for Life from Glasgow Green last Sunday with five family friends.
Her dad Gordon said Lisa wanted to do something to “remember her mum by” and in the process raised £1,112 for the charity which funds research into a cure at the Beatson Institute for Cancer Research.
Lisa said: “I just wanted to do something that would have made my mum proud of me.”
Gordon, a self employed financial advisor, who moved to Baljaffray 21 years ago, said it had been amazing the amount of people who had sponsored Lisa, adding: “Joan was well known in the area and was well liked. She worked in the Pet Shop Creature Comforts in Milngavie.”
He added: “My wife really went through the ringer after she was diagnosed and had chemotherapy and a mastectomy. She had one of the more aggressive types of the disease called inflammatory breast cancer. There is no lump and by the time it is caught, it has usually spread to other parts of the body.”
Anyone who would like to add to Lisa’s fundraising efforts can do so by going to www.justgiving.com/lisa-mcquater