Avonbridge youth’s Olympic Torch pledge as he battles cancer

Robert Marshall is currently undergoing treatment
Robert Marshall is currently undergoing treatment

A brave teenager discovered he had been selected as an Olympic torchbearer as he battled cancer for the second time.

Robert Marshall (18) is going through chemotherapy at Glasgow’s Beatson Oncology Centre after secondary cancer cells were discovered in his lungs last month.

He had been in remission following an operation for bone cancer in his leg diagnosed in September 2010.

But the Avonbridge youngster was “over the moon” when he heard he’d be carrying the flame after being nominated by his cousin.

And he has made it his goal to be well enough to carry the torch through his home town on June 13.

Proud mum Carole said: “It’s been a horrendous time, but it’s a blessing that Robert has been picked to carry the torch as it will give him something really positive to focus on.

“This is an amazing thing and that’s what all the family are thinking.

“I’m bursting with pride when I think about it. I’m so proud of my son.

“He’s dealt with everything so well, he’s an inspiration.”