Family and friends of a young cancer victim from Dennyloanhead have vowed to continue fundraising in her memory despite already raising an incredible £26,000.
Cheryl Thompson died in October 2012 aged just 27 after being diagnosed with a malignant melanoma, an aggressive form of skin cancer.
The business graduate’s untimely death had a devastating impact on the many people close to her, but it inspired them to begin an extraordinary series of fundraising events.
Under the name of ‘Cheryl’s Wish’, all the cash raised will be donated to The Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre, where Cheryl, a former St Modan’s High School pupil, was treated.
Her fiance Steven Knox, parents Neil and Celia, sister Tracey, brothers Neil and Barry and many other family members and friends have all contributed.
“She was extraordinarily kind. In all the years I knew her, I never met anyone who had a bad word to say about her,” said Kerry O’Hare, a life-long friend of Cheryl.
“After she graduated from Stirling University, she joined the head office of Scotmid in Edinburgh where she was very highly thought of. She lived for her family, and loved spending time with her nieces and nephew.
“We are all very thankful to everyone for their continuing support and donations.”
Cheryl was diagnosed in July 2012 with a malignant melanoma, taken to The Beatson and prescribed a new treatment which, although then in its trial stage, has been heralded as the biggest breakthrough in skin cancer research for 30 years.
The drug, Dabrafenib, initially proved successful in Cheryl’s case, but ultimately her cancer proved too aggressive. Her family hope that money raised in her memory will pay for further research into the drug.
A fundraising night at the Crypt in Denny on May 17 has sold out, but raffle donations are still requested.
To make a donation to Cheryl’s Wish, visit www.justgiving.com/cheryls-wish.