Cancer survivor up for ‘real hero’ award on new TV show

Lynn Murray up for a "real hero award" for setting up Cancer Charity'Photo Emma Mitchell'6/8/13
Lynn Murray up for a "real hero award" for setting up Cancer Charity'Photo Emma Mitchell'6/8/13

A brave mum who has fought cancer three times and raised thousands of pounds for charity has been nominated for an award.

Lynn Murray (48), a mum-of-two from Drymen, who set up the breast cancer charity Think Pink Scotland in 2006, is going to appear on STV next month after she made it to the final three in a competition which attracted 800 nominations to find the nation’s ‘unsung heroes’.

Lynn, who represented Scotland in the youth team for swimming, had a leg amputated after suffering from bone cancer when she was only 15-years-old. She’s also had breast and kidney cancer.

Despite the struggle with her health over the years she has raised more than £380,000 for the Beatson Translational Research Centre by organising a variety of fundraising events, including stripping to produce a ‘Calendar Girls’ type of calendar, a ceilidh, sales of a recipe book and fundraising gala balls.

Lynn’s leg amputation in 1980 stopped her from being able to compete in her much-loved sport of swimming.

Later in 2005, Lynn had a mastectomy after suffering from breast cancer and has only recently begun her recovery from kidney cancer just a few months ago.

Lynn was nominated for the courage award by two friends, Beth Gillespie and Heather McCabe, and will now feature in the brand new show, RBS - Finding Scotland’s Real Heroes, presented by Carol Smillie, this autumn.

Lynn said: “I was absolutely mortified when I got a phone call from STV to say I’d been nominated.

“Initially, my friend Ann and I wanted to raise £10,000 for a piece of equipment and decided to hold a ball.

“By the time the ball came round we had already raised £40,000 so we set up Think Pink Scotland.

“The first time I had cancer the chemotherapy was just horrific. The side effects were awful and it lasted for a whole year.

“When I got diagnosed with breast cancer I noticed such a big difference. The treatment was tailored to each individual and I only had six sessions.

“After getting such good treatment I just felt that I wanted to give something back for future generations.

“I’d hate my son or daughter or any future grandchildren to go through a difficult time.”

At the end of each STV programme viewers will be asked to nominate the person they think deserves to win a Scotland’s Real Heroes Award. There will be 10 categories with three finalists in each. Visit or phone 0141 330 8007 for more information about Think Pink Scotland.