Total raised
£693
Gift Aid £165.75
run by Louise Black
always in my heart
In loving memory of my dad - Raymond Black
After achieving my personal goal in 2018 which was to complete the 10k under an hour, I now want to raise the bar high and participate in the half marathon which will take place in Stirling at the end of April. The purpose of this is to raise money for the beatson cancer support – a charity that is very close to home. The last few months has been extremely difficult for me and my family. After servicing Scotrail for over 40 year my dad was 62 - due to retire and jet off to the sunset to live abroad which had always been a future dream for my parents. However, after suffering from a severe cough for months there were shadows found on his lungs from the x-ray results which meant he was sadly diagnosed with lung cancer. This news absolutely devastated me and my family but we hoped it was caught at an early stage and a round of treatment would put him on remission – allowing him to continue with his retirement plans. As time went on my dad had to go for further examinations and results delivered more shocking news that not only did my dad have aggressive cancer on his lungs but it had sadly spread to his brain leaving tumours scattered all over. This was a horrific time for us all and seeing my dad struggle was very difficult to watch. His left arm stopped functioning due to part of his brain not working and he struggled to speak as the tumours were growing rapidly on his lungs which were irritating his voice chord. It was then clear that my dad was at stage 4 terminal cancer and there was no guarantee that him going for radiotherapy then Immunology could have saved him. However, his biopsy identified an ALK gene which meant he could qualify for alecensa which was tablets giving to patients who had an abnormal cell. The purpose of these drugs were to shrink my dad’s tumours and prevent them from spreading to his major organs. This treatment hoped to give him a longer and better quality of life. Two weeks later after his treatment he was due to go for a check-up to get an update on his progress. Professionals examined my dad and without them providing any information the family were asked to take my dad to the Beatson as his health was in extremely bad condition. Once my dad was settled in Beatson our worlds came tumbling down when the doctor told us that he was not responding to the treatment. His cancer got a lot more aggressive and he was sadly dying. This destroyed us all and my dad only had a few days left as tumours were continuing to grow on his lungs making it extremely difficult for him to breath. It was impossible for his body to fight against the cancer and no treatment could help him. Through this traumatic time the beatson nurses helped the family stay strong. It is their work that has inspired me to raise money and give something back. Not only did they provide emotional support to the family but they helped us prepare my dad for death. They ensured he was comfortable as much as possible. The family became very attached to the nurses and I don’t know what we would have done without them. It is their dedication that can never be thanked enough from me and my family. My dad passed away peacefully at the Beatson on Christmas Eve – only a month and 17 days after his diagnosis. Losing my dad to soon has been a turning point for us all. But with assistance from the Beatson they helped us come to terms with it and accept my dad’s death. Spending a few days at the Beatson was the most hardest thing i had to experience. Not just seeing my dad lying there suffering, but passing other families in different wards who were in the same situation was very heartbreaking. Thats why we give praise to the nurses who contend this hardship on a daily basis. As time has went on we are now making the most of our lives without my dad. However, my goal is to run my first half marathon in memory of him and raise funds for a worthy cause that was close to my Dad’s heart. This challenge will be extremely difficult and will require a lot of blood, sweat and tears in order to be physically prepared. However, these obstacles are in no comparison to the hardship my dad (along with many other people in similar circumstances) have to suffer from when they loose the battle to cancer. So please dig deep and help me give something back to this worthy cause. Thank you.
Natasha O’Neil
£10
2019-03-18
David Armstrong
£20
2019-03-11
Lyndsay Connor
£10
2019-03-10
Good luck xx you will smash it xx
Susan Mollison
£20
2019-03-06
Jill Irving
£20.00
2019-02-22
Well done Louise - a brilliant cause. Good luck! :-) Jx
Caroline Smith
£20
2019-02-21
Louise good luck with the challenge! and well done for taking such a positive approach x
Charlie Wright
£10
2019-02-20
Catriona Fisher
£10
2019-02-18
You can do it Louise! Have a good run.
Louise Black
£10
2019-02-18
Jonathan Gallagher
Margaret McLennan
£10
2019-02-18
Anonymous
£20
2019-02-17
Martha Taylor
£10.00
2019-02-13
Good luck with the training and enjoy race day! x
Katie Duff
£20
2019-02-13
Well done Louise, I know that you will complete the half marathon and you will do well. Your dad will be looking down on you feeling so proud. Katie xx
Kathleen Samson
£20.00
2019-02-13
Good luck Louise
Fiona Gow
£20.00
2019-02-13
All the best Louise for your run. I'm sure everyone will be very proud of you xx
Pete Morgan
£13
2019-02-13
Good luck Louise. A cause close to me too.
Lynn Masterson
£20.00
2019-02-13
Best of luck with the half marathon Louise. You'll smash it :-)
Andrea Shirley
£20
2019-02-13
Louise, Wishing you strength and luck for your goal. A truly great charity, close to my own heart, they are worth every penny.
Graham Lamont
£10.00
2019-02-13
Good Luck Louise!!
Willie Murphy
£20
2019-02-13
Good Luck, Louise
Jacqueline Carroll
£10
2019-02-13
Good luck x
Stewart Hamilton
£20
2019-02-13
Good Luck Louise - GET OUT STRONG - COMMIT!
Jane Wright
£10
2019-02-13
Good luck Louise
Lauren Cherry
£10
2019-02-13
Good luck Louise! You'll smash it!
Lilian Pittam
£20
2019-02-05
Your Dad will be so proud of you - and we are too!!!! Go, go, go Louise xx
Tracey McLennan
£10.00
2019-02-02
Great cause good luck Louise xxx
Christopher Black
£20
2019-02-01
Good Luck Louise! Chris x
Stephanie Mcmahon
£10
2019-01-31
Good luck Louise, your dad would be so proud of you ❤️❤️
Anonymous
£10
2019-01-31
Louise Black
£20
2019-01-31
Well done Louise. Love aunty lily xx
Julie Marshall
£25
2019-01-31
Go louise you can do it ! Your dad will be with you all the way xxx
Bibby Mcduff
£20
2019-01-31
Good luck Louise. You will do fab! Love bibs x
Kirsty Bathgate
£10
2019-01-31
What a wonderful thing to do to raise money in your dads memory. A cause very close to my heart.
Stephanie Graham
£10
2019-01-30
Good luck Louise. I’m sure he will be very proud xx
Angela Hewitt
£10
2019-01-29
Good luck!
Lyndsey Geddes
£20
2019-01-29
Lyndsey geddes A fantastic charity and your dad will be so proud xx good luck
Sarah Betty
£10
2019-01-29
Good luck! You'll smash it :)
Hillary Black
£15
2019-01-25
Well done for doing something great for a worthy cause x
Dawn Mollison
£20.00
2019-01-25
Good luck Louise, your dad would be very proud of you x
Constance Flynn
£20
2019-01-22
This is a great way to honour your dad Louise. He would be so proud of you. I’m sure you will do it. xxx
Elaine Smith
£20
2019-01-22
Well done Lou Lou Elaine xxx
Margaret Bowman
£10
2019-01-21
I know you will do it-Mags
Marie Black
£50
2019-01-21
£50 sponsorship fee from my mum who stayed over at the beatson every night with my dad, she can’t thank the nurses and doctors enough for the support.

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Beatson events page
Stirling Half Marathon
2019-04-28
I am participating in the Stirling half marathon to raise money for Beatson cancer support - in loving memory of my dad. This will be my first half marathon.
Marie Black
02/12/2019
Raymond was at the Beatson for 5 days before he passed away on Christmas eve. He wanted David Bowie "starman" to be dedicated to his 3 children - Louise, Hillary and Raymond. This was played at the hospital before he died.

David Bowie - Starman

Raymond Black
02/03/2019
West Bar
Victoria's wedding 2017
02/03/2019
Family wedding
Louise Black
01/31/2019
Victoria wedding 2017
Dad with his Railway friends
01/19/2019
Railway Holiday photos
Turkey 2008
01/19/2019
Turkey 2008 - Club Blue Dreams
Holiday in Portugal 2005
01/19/2019
Family photo at the Paraiso Hotel
Dad with one of his long term friend's (Tony Flynn)
01/15/2019
Holiday in Santa Ponsa
Mum and Dad
01/15/2019
Glasgow Green photo
Blackpool
01/15/2019
Trip to Blackpool
60th Birthday at Amore - July 2016
01/15/2019
Family meal at Amore to celebrate my dad 60th Birthday
Me and Dad
01/15/2019
Day out at Glasgow Green - November 2018
Last Pint at the West Brewery
01/15/2019
Family day out at Glasgow Green - West Brewery
fuerteventura Feb 2018
01/11/2019
This was my last holiday with my dad which was in fuerteventura February 2018.
Holiday
01/11/2019
Family Holiday over 10 year ago.
Latest memory
Will remember all the support he provided to the family. It was him who worked hard to ensure all of us (his kids) would have a great start in life. I will miss his banter and going on holiday with him. I will remember everything about him - how he was as a dad/husband/friend/work colleague.
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