Cancer survivor raised nearly 5k

Stephen with his wife and children
Stephen with his wife and children

A Bearsden businessman who made a miraculous recovery from cancer has raised £4,573 for charity by holding a 50th birthday party/fundraiser.

Stephen Forsyth, who has run Forsyth Motor Engineers on Duntocher Road for 23 years, has been battling pancreatic cancer for the past 15 months.

He has undergone surgery and months of chemotherapy to beat the cancer.

Stephen had no symptoms until he suffered from jaundice, which he developed because his bile duct had become blocked, in May last year.

He was diagnosed with cancer the following month - despite feeling perfectly healthy.

Doctors told him that he’d need three months of chemotherapy to shrink the tumour so they could operate.

After this was successful he underwent surgery last December followed by six more months more chemotherapy from February this year to make sure that any rogue cancer cells were properly killed off.

Stephen, who is married to Christine and has three children with her - William (19) Abbie (17) and Amy (15), was very shocked when he found out he had cancer.

He said: “It was terrible, I had no idea whether they’d be able to operate on me and I knew that was my only chance of surviving.

“Pancreatic cancer is one of the hardest ones to detect and in a way I was lucky that my duct was blocked because that meant the tumour was detected early before the cancer had a chance to spread.

“I’m one of the lucky few to have survived this dreadful illness - many of my friends parents had the same condition and sadly didn’t beat it.

“I’m so grateful to everyone who has supported me through the past 15 months which have been hellish.”

Stephen raised £3,462 for Pancreatic Cancer Action by holding a 50th birthday party recently, with help from family and friends he’s also raised £1,111 through the just site so far.

Stephen added: “I’d like to thank everyone who helped me to raise this fantastic amount and a special thanks to Susan Thomson, Betty and John Lennox and Christine and Kenny Downie.

“Also, Dr Ross Carter and his team at Glasgow Royal Infirmary and the doctors and nurses at the Beatson Cancer Centre.”

Pancreatic Cancer Action aim to improve survival rates by focusing on early diagnosis, raise awareness and fund research to improve an early diagnosis.

It’s not too late to donate cash to Stephen just go to his Justgiving page and enter Stephen Forsyth or Christine Forsyth/birthday fundraiser.