A Dundee mum is going the extra mile to ensure leukaemia patients like her son continue to have access to the best possible treatments.
Lynn Fraser is urging her local community to join her in walking to beat blood cancers at the Dundee Forget Me Not Walk, a special event to raise money for charity Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.
Blair Fraser was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML) in September 2009 after persistent leg cramps prompted Lynn to arrange an appointment with their GP. Blood tests revealed leukaemia, turning their world upside down.
"It was a huge shock," says Lynn, 41. "When they called and told me to take Blair to the hospital I didn’t know what to think – it’s the last thing you expect."
Fortunately, thanks to the development of drug treatments, 17-year-old Blair is able to manage the disease by taking daily medication.
Lynn says: "Blair’s been absolutely fantastic. He has Asperger Syndrome, so he can be pretty straightforward with people, but he’s completely put his faith in the doctors.
"Considering how lucky Blair has been, giving up a couple of hours of my weekend is a small sacrifice to make. Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research’s work saves lives and by walking I hope to help them get closer to a cure."
Joining Lynn for the walk are a team of family members called Blair’s Barmy Army, while Blair will be helping to marshal the event. Together they are committed to raising as much money as possible for the charity, which currently has more than £1 million invested at Dundee’s Ninewells Hospital, funding research projects to find better treatments for children and adults with leukaemia.
The family-friendly Dundee Forget Me Not Walk will set out at a leisurely pace from Dudhope Castle at 10:30 on Sunday 9 May. The 5km route will allow walkers to take in the surrounding Dudhope Park and the University of Abertay, offering fantastic views over the Tay, before returning the castle for refreshments and well-earned medals.
Those wishing to join in should contact organiser Yvonne Dickinson on 0131 669 7862 or visit www.forgetmenotwalks.com. The entry fee is £7.50 for adults, £5 for children aged 12 and under, and just £20 for a family of 2 adults and 2 children. The fee includes a t-shirt and medal.