Fundrais­ing for the Dream­maker

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The mother of tragic Castlemilk lad Ryan McLean is pre­par­ing to hon­our his mem­ory at an emo­tional char­ity night.

Stacey Mal­loy is host­ing the event at Fratelli’s in Cam­bus­lang on Fri­day, March 25.

It was orig­i­nally meant to be a night for both Ryan and his best pal, Mark Gal­lagher, 11, who also suf­fers from a brain tu­mour.

But with Mark’s con­di­tion wors­en­ing, his mother was forced to pull out and Stacey has of­fered to take it on her­self to make sure the event still goes ahead.

All money raised will go to the Les Hoey Dream­maker foun­da­tion, which has helped sup­port for­mer Spit­tal Pri­mary pupil Ryan and Mark, known as “Sparky”,through their ill­nesses. Stacey said: “Les has done so much for us. “He helped take the whole fam­ily to shows and to the cir­cus and even let us use the group’s car­a­van.

“Even af­ter Ryan died, they have let us use it to get away, so I just wanted to give some­thing back.

“I wanted to have a char­ity night for Les any­way and so did Sparky’s fam­ily so it made sense just to do it to­gether.

“Orig­i­nally I was help­ing out Sparky’s mum, but he’s quite un­well right now and she’s had to pull out.

“I’m a bit ner­vous. She wanted to can­cel, but I de­cided, be­cause of the way Sparky is right now, I re­ally wanted it to go ahead.”

Ryan and Mark be­came pals while un­der­go­ing treat­ment to­gether at Yorkhill.

Look­ing back, Stacey laughs: “They were re­ally, re­ally close, they even used to dance to Gang­man Style to­gether.”

Their friend­ship was trag­i­cally cut short on Oc­to­ber 5, 2014 when Ryan passed away from a brain tu­mour.

In his short life Ryan went through a 12-month course of chemo­ther­apy and en­dured four ma­jor brain op­er­a­tions as well as over 50 other pro­ce­dures.

His fam­ily were told in 2011 that his con­di­tion was ter­mi­nal but Ryan kept fight­ing and was able to start at Spit­tal in 2013, de­fy­ing doc­tors’ pre­dic­tions.

How­ever, his con­di­tion de­te­ri­o­rated again and he passed away sur­rounded by his fam­ily at Yorkhill Hos­pi­tal.

It was a dev­as­tat­ing blow for 28-year-old Stacey, who has strug­gled to come to terms with her loss since.

Her youngest son, Reece, is hav­ing to at­tend coun­selling to deal with the death of his brother, while her daugh­ter, Paige, has also been left up­set at Ryan’s pass­ing.

Stacey ad­mit­ted it hasn’t got any eas­ier, and the re­cent Mother’s Day was par­tic­u­larly hard: “I’m strug­gling.

“Mother’s Day was sim­ply hor­ri­ble. I just wanted it to be over.”

The fundrais­ing event will in­clude raf­fles, foot­ball cards and some of the men will be get­ting waxed.

Tick­ets are £5 and any­one in­ter­ested can con­tact Stacey over Face­book.

She’s also hop­ing lo­cal busi­nesses will be able to help out with raf­fle prizes.

Any­one able to help can find her Face­book page at www.face­ stacey.mol­loy.14

Best pals Ryan McLean (left) with his friend Mark “Sparky” Gal­lagher

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